Living Legacy Farmstead

Reconition Award Winner

Location: Illinois
Year of Award: 2002
Original Use: Cattle, Dairy, Equipment Storage, Hay, Horses, Straw
Current Use: Equipment Storage, Livestock, Straw

Living Legacy Farmstead-Mt. Carmel, IL after rehabilitation.

The 1910 barn on Edna Anderson's Living Legacy Farmstead sits on the same 80 acres bought by her grandfather in 1902. The original barn was struck by lightning and destroyed in a fire and this larger barn was built in its place. While the barn was originally used for livestock, feed, and equipment storage, it currently houses the Attic Treasures Gift Shop, a large meeting space, and an occasional group of livestock.

Her repairs to the barn began in 1992, spurred on by a matching grant received by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Tourism, and were finished in June 2000. Her work included extensive replacement of the wood siding, windows, doors, and the tin roof.

After the repairs were complete Edna explained that her barn's preservation, "is a way of rediscovering my roots and the rich memories of my childhood—and sharing them with others."