Corron Farm

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As the Open Space Program’s first purchase in 2002, the Corron Farm is often referred to as the “crown jewel” property. These 220 acres were previously owned by the family of one of the area’s first settlers, Robert Corron. Nineteen-year-old Robert arrived in Campton Township in 1835, laid claim to the land and built a log cabin.  From 1842 to 1847, he purchased parcels from the federal government, cleared the land, and began raising crops. In 1854, Robert accomplished his dream of building a Greek Revival home reminiscent of the one he had seen in southern Virginia.  This dairy farm, which supplied milk to the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, was managed by his descendants for more than 160 years.

Through various grants, the Township has established walking trails, converted 180 acres of cropland to prairie, restored 41 acres of oak savanna and wetland landscapes, renovated the homestead’s Italianate front porch and some of the outbuildings, and created a parking lot for visitor access. In 2003, Corron Farm was listed on the Kane County Historic Register.  In 2007, to celebrate its open space, the Township began hosting its annual Prairie Fest at Corron Farm. This festival showcases the prairie restoration and historical farmsite, features hayrides, farm tours, and various local agricultural and nature-related exhibits.

CorronFarmPreservationWith limited funds spread across multiple properties, Campton Township has difficulty maintaining this historic farmstead.  Family members, volunteers, and concerned citizens stepped forward to create the Corron Farm Preservation Society whose mission is to preserve, increase and enrich knowledge of the history of the Corron Farm and early Campton Township and to provide leisure and educational opportunities for Township residents, businesses and surrounding communities.

Their first project was completed in 2013 and funded the repairs of the 6 brick pillars facing Corron Road.  Their current focus is the stabilization and repair of the dairy barn that was built in two sections (in 1875 and 1915).

Please visit their website: www.corronfarmpreservationsociety.org for more details or visit them on facebook: www.facebook.com/CorronFarm

 

 

 

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7N761 Corron Road
Campton Hills

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Amenities

  • Native plant garden
  • Historic buildings
    (not open to public)
  • Natural areas
  • Walking trails
  • Picnic shelter w/tables
  • Portable restroom
  • Parking lot

Corron Farm