From our Family, to Your Family Traditions
Fall is our favorite time of year, and we are so excited to share our farm with you! We have many traditions in the Dollinger Family, and we hope you will be a part of our fall tradition each year.
History of the Farm
The farm has been in the Dollinger Family since 1852. It used to be the entire town of Dresden, Illinois, platted in 1836. Grandma's house (located next to the Bee Barn) was formerly known as Rutherford's Tavern and served as a stop on the stagecoach line. The barn pictured above, is a beautiful old building right along the Illinois and Michigan Canal, lovingly called the "Mule Barn." Built in 1834, it was originally designed for grain storage, but also served as a place to rest the mules pulling barges down the I & M Canal. Our Mule Barn has also been surveyed by the Historical Architectural Building Survey.
This little part of the world is full of history and intrigue, just waiting for you to explore its' natural wonders! For more information on local history and the I & M Canal visit: www.iandmcanal.org
In 1989, John & Noreen Dollinger started growing pumpkins. The project has grown with our family. A family business was a great way to teach responsibility, planning, perseverance, and pride in a project done together. We are passionate about agriculture, history and education. All of these things come together at Dollinger Family Farm. Come and learn about the farm animals, visit the observation bee hive, walk in an authentic tipi, see our antique farm machinery, and enjoy our many re-enacting events!
Articles & Mentions
The Herald-News (9/2/17)
We have had the wonderful opportunity to be nominated and host Chicago's Best here on the Farm! Grandma Dollinger's homemade fudge has officially been claimed as one of Chicago's Best Fudge. So stop on by and just see for yourself all the delightful flavors we have to offer this fall!