Residents are invited to McHenry’s Historic Petersen Farm celebration Sunday at 4112 McCullom Lake Road, McHenry, 1 mile West of Route 31, across from Petersen Park.
There will be farm animals and activities by McHenry County 4-H. A 1914 working steam tractor and old farm tractors and equipment will be on display. Hayrides pulled by tractor as well as a Clydesdale team of horses will provide old-fashioned fun.
There will be crafts, textile demonstrations, blacksmithing, a farm garden and farm equipment displays.
Children will learn to wash clothes using an old wringer washer, milk a cow and see a magician display his skills.
The 1862 farmhouse main floor will be open for tours, with period furniture, photographs and kitchen equipment on display.
McHenry’s 2019 “Miss McHenry” and her Court will be introduced, and there will be bluegrass music provided by the Northern Illinois Bluegrass Association.
The farm opens at 10 a.m. with entertainment and activities concluding at 4 p.m. Both the McHenry Lions Club and Culver’s will sell refreshments.
Parking, admission, hay rides and all activities are free. The event is co-sponsored by the McHenry County Farm Bureau, the City of McHenry Landmark Commission and the Colby-Petersen Farm Foundation.
Formed in 1842, the farm was acquired from the Colby and Petersen families by the city of McHenry for preservation of our agricultural heritage. It preserves the flavor of life in McHenry County in the 19th and early 20th centuries.