Thursday, April 9, 2015

A Gentleman's Farm

It wasn't until I moved to the north shore 
of Chicago that I learned about 
gentleman's farms.

This lovely example, 
Elewa Farm, 
is not far from where we live.
I took some of these photos last fall
to share with you.

(And some were borrowed as credited in captions.)

And some additional ones
were taken today -- it's a gloomy
rainy spring day.

Photo Courtesy of Elewa Farm

Here is the formal definition:

gentleman's farm is an extremely small or non-operative farm. 
They are generally small acreages that are not used to produce 
large amounts of food, grain, or livestock for major markets. 
Gentleman's farms are also used as hobby farms, for horse rearing
The gentleman farmer has an independent source of income 
and farms for pleasure rather than for money. 

There are several 
in the suburbs of Chicago 
and it's a treat to visit them. 

The first thing that you notice 
when you stumble upon one of them 
is their beautiful architecture.... 
something I am crazy about. 

 The gentlemen who had them built
had the means to hire talented architects 
to create and plan their farms 
which is why they are especially wonderful. 
Just look at this:

Courtesy of Elewa Farm 

You can see the small farmhouse in the background. It was very rainy today. April showers upon us.

(In my next life, I would like to be an architect.
I adore great architecture 
so much that it affects things like
where we vacation  
for example:
 later Hilton Head --  helloooo Savannah

what road we might take
where we might dine. 

Interesting architecture has caused me 
to be late to appointments,  
to  load up camera images to full capacity, 
and I must confess 
I've even trespassed on private property
to get a great camera shot 
of an old abandoned manse or barn.... 
shame on me, I know.

I've got it bad for this thing called 
Can you relate???

LOVE this place..... so special.

this particular local gentleman's farm
 was taken over by our city in recent years 
and restored
as a public space for the community. 
You can read more about Elewa Farm here. 

The farm has been completely revived and 
transformed for our community to utilize
and to share with generations to come. 
So thrilled that our community was able to save 
and preserve this
special bucolic piece of our town's history.

Courtesy of Elewa Farm 

So tell me,
are there any gentlemens farms 
near you?
Oh, I hope so!


Fairhope Supply Co. said...

How fabulous that your city officials stepped up to help preserve this beautiful place! My Grandfather in North Alabama was said to be a "gentleman farmer," mainly by his daughters who were sent to tend the gardens!

Beautiful photos - thanks for sharing this lovely place.

Sarah said...

Alison, I can totally relate to your love of architecture. I had dreams of studying architecture when I was in high school. It didn't happen, but like you, I'm drawn to interesting architecture. This gentlemen's farm is a charmer. How wonderful that it was rescued and can now be enjoyed by many. You live in such a gorgeous part of the country.
Happy travels to HH. Be sure to go to the Savannah Bee Company. ;-)

Karena Albert said...

Alison I for one ( as a widow) would like to meet one of these inventive and tasteful gentleman farmers. I am very impressed with these farms!

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Karen said...

Hi Alison,
Yes, I love architecture. I too think I would love to have majored in it.
What an amazing building farm this is.
How fun to have a beautiful bullring to view on your drive around your community.

Pura Vida said...

I can really relate. I love architecture so much I think because we have so little in our area. We are poor dirt farmers living in dugouts

The enchanted home said...

Incredible Alison!!!!! love that the community had a part in keeping this alive...that is heartwarming and NEEDS to happen in all parts of our country, seeing this post made me so happy!

Rebecca said...

Your love/appreciation for architecture shows! So enjoyed your photos here.

No gentlemen farmers around here that I know of - but plenty of Amish farms. Fascinating in their own way. I NEVER tire of seeing their horses at rest or work, lines of clothes drying, well-tended gardens, and the clean, crisp houses & barns, etc.

Lord Cowell said...

I love the symmetry and all the little turrets and cupolas. What a pretty farm!

Gail Peterson said...

Hi Alison,
Thank you for shring this information, I learned something intersting and I love the farmers story...
Their farm is quite beautiful and hope the family keeps it for generations.

Enjoy a beautiful Spring!