The Lake Forest Preservation Foundation is pleased to present a docent-guided tour of Crab Tree Farm. The 1.5-hour-long tour will be offered at two times on Saturday, July 15, 2017, 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Both tours will feature the restored 1911 dairy farm buildings that now house an extensive Arts and Crafts collection of furniture and artwork. Additionally, visitors will be able to view the garden area.
Crab Tree Farm is the last operating farm located on Lake Michigan, in the State of Illinois. Originally a commercial dairy operation, it has had three owners in its one-hundred plus year history. Over the last thirty years, the farm buildings, designed by Solon S. Beman in 1911, have undergone extensive restorations and now house the premiere collection of American and English Arts and Crafts furniture and decorative arts objects in the country. An extensive collection of furniture by Gustav Stickley is housed in the buildings, also represented are the designers Charles Voysey, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and William Morris. The founding of Crab Tree Farm coincided with the peak of this movement in North America, at the beginning of the twentieth century.
The cost for the tour is $30 for members, $50 for non-members. Registration is required in advance, and space is extremely limited. When purchasing tickets please indicate which time you will be attending. We regret that any cancellations cannot be refunded due to the very high demand for this event. For further information, please contact the Foundation office at 847-234-1230 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.