Learn Some Local History At The Homestead Prairie Farm

Homestead Prairie Farm

At Homestead Prairie Farm, you’ll be able to relive a time that predates the Civil War. Built around the Trobaugh-Good House located at the Rock Springs Conservation Area, Homestead Prairie Farm has been restored, allowing visitors an opportunity to explore rural life on the Grand Prairie of Illinois in 1860.

About the Home

The homestead was built around 1850. Joseph and Elizabeth Trobaugh shared the one-room log cabin from 1853-1866. Trobaugh was a farmer and sawmill operator that grew up in Tennessee. Those skills were helpful as he remodeled the home, adding rooms and making other renovations.

Civil War veteran Emmanuel Good and his wife and children were the second family to occupy the home, living there from 1866-1903. The Good family sold the home one year after Emmanuel’s death. The two families share the home’s current name, added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.

When and Where

Free tours are offered from June to October from 1-4 p.m. on weekends. Special tours and programs can be scheduled for students and other groups. Call 217-423-7708 for more information.

Homestead Prairie Farm is in the middle of the Rock Springs Conservation Area. After you’ve toured the home, you’ll be able to hike over nine miles of trails, visit art galleries and rent cross-country skis.

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