CAMPTON HILLS – Historic Corron Farm, at 7N761 Corron Road, Campton Hills, was named to the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Corron Farm Preservation Society announced in a news release.
The farm was listed on the Kane County Register of Historic Places in 2003 for historical and architectural significance, “as an excellent example of an early Kane County farmstead, having excellent architectural integrity, and a unique example of an architectural style,” according to the listing.
The farmstead was settled by Robert Corron in October 1835. Campton Township purchased the 221 acres of Corron Farm in 2002 for $4 million from the family as part of its Open Space Program.
The township contributed $2 million and received a $2 million Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development grant to complete the purchase.
Campton Township Supervisor John Kupar said officials and volunteers are all very pleased with this designation.
“We’ve done a lot of work out there, a lot of restoration on structures, on wetlands and native prairies,” Kupar said. “One of the reasons we were given the national historic listing is [because] I think they want to see more of this work: A very coordinated effort. And they want this to serve as a model for future applications and efforts.”
The township and volunteers did a lot of structural repair to the Corron Farm dairy barn, spending a little more than $100,000 for a new roof, Kupar said.
Several years ago, the township spent $100,000 for a new roof for the horse barn as well, Kupar said.
“And what’s really nice about this, it’s our entire community that basically does this,” Kupar said. “Everybody in the township is a supporter. We have lots and lots of volunteers who make this happen.”
The township also received Kane County Riverboat grants for some of the restoration work, Kupar said.
“It’s truly a vertically integrated effort of so many people. And to have the federal government use this as a model says something about the quality of the work of people of the township, and the cooperation of the county and other organizations,” Kupar said.
As the Open Space Program’s first purchase, Corron Farm is often referred to as the “crown jewel” property for Campton Township, the news release stated.
Thomas Corron, who is the Corron Farm Preservation Society board chairman emeritus and great-grandson of Robert Corron, praised the project.
“This was a huge project and a great accomplishment,” Thomas Corron stated in the release. “So much so, we engaged the services of Erica Ruggiero of McGuire Igleski & Associates Inc. to help us prepare the National Register evaluation filings and application for Corron Farm.”
“The filings included an extensive write-up of the historical significance and history of Corron Farm including photographs, floor plans, site plan, and location map,” Thomas Corron stated in the release.
Ruggerio’s nomination filing included the fact that the farm and associated outbuildings represent development of a mid-19th century farmstead during the early settlement period of Kane County and Campton Township – as well as Northeastern Illinois.
The period of significance is from 1835 – the year the land was first settled and farmed by Robert Corron – to 1967, the 50-year cut off for the National Register of Historic Places, the release stated.
Campton Township’s Open Space Program restricts the use and management of the property to benefit the citizens of the community and its future generations and preserve and protect the semirural character of the township, the release stated.