Snow On The Farmstead

Farm House in First Winter Snow

Farm House in First Winter Snow

The Groveland farm house now belonging to my father was built by the Hancock family in 1835, one year before the village was platted.  Our barn home was the second barn for the same farmstead.  Lincoln traveled the villages along Springfield Road in the 1850’s and early 60’s while a circuit-riding lawyer.  My father likes to think he may have stopped by the Hancock farm at some time during his visits to local court houses in Tremont and Pekin.  A member of the Hancock family, Abraham Lincoln Hancock, was named after the president.  Could this be evidence of an acquaintance?  Lincoln settled at least one court case for a Groveland family; certainly there were more lives he influenced during more than a decade of spring and fall visits.

In the center of the picture is the summer kitchen; notice the center chimney.  Originally, this functional room was separate from the house to prevent fire.  At a later time, the kitchen was connected to the house by a pantry hallway that still connects it today.  The interior is like a step back in time with antique wood stove, dry sink, built-in shelving, wainscoted walls and wood floor.  Could the future president have propped his feet up to the heat of the stove on a snowy day long past?  We like to think so…


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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