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Crab Tree Farm Arts & Crafts Collection Tour
September 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Lake Bluff, IL – Lake Bluff History Museum hosts a popular tour of the Crab Tree Farm Arts & Crafts Collection on Saturday September 28 at 10 am. The Arts & Crafts Collection is housed in five buildings on the Crab Tree Farm property located at 982 Sheridan Road in Lake Bluff. The tour lasts approximately 1 1⁄2 hours.
Crab Tree Farm was built as a model dairy farm in 1910 for owner Grace Durand, after a fire destroyed the original farm buildings. The barn and adjacent buildings were designed and built by Chicago Architect Solon Spencer Beman, architect of Pullman Village.
Durand was a successful businesswoman who was trained in agricultural science and was well known for her modern methods of dairy farming. The dairy was operational until her death in 1948.
The farm buildings have undergone extensive renovation since Durand’s time and now house the finest collection of Arts & Crafts furnishings in the country. The collection includes furniture that is the work of Gustav Stickley, plus ceramics, textiles, paintings and other artwork by Stickley’s contemporaries.
Tickets cost $35 and can be purchased online at lakebluffhistory.org. Space is limited and advance purchase is required. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Lake Bluff History Museum researches, preserves and shares area history through a variety of activities and events, including programs like these tours. The museum displays tell stories of Lake Bluff’s past and its archives provide individuals with access to documents, records, photographs and other materials preserved in the museum archives. For additional information visit lakebluffhistory.org, e-mail [email protected], or call 847 482-1571.