Built in 1866 our "new" clubhouse has had a renovation coming, for the past 150 years!
Our farm and area is rich in history. Our granary epitomizes early life in the county, with it's authentic hand hewn beams, and a rugged construction that has withstood the test of time. On June 24th of 2015 I began to restore our old granary into a functional clubhouse. I saw value in this old building which had become rather dilapidated after 150 years of use. I'd feel a little worn out too!
333 acres of our farm were established by Robert Robson, born 1825 of Durham, England. Robert traveled to the United States in 1846. He spent his first 3 years here in Burton, Hazel Green, and Shullsburg. In 1849 he made a trip to California with an oxen team, taking 6 months. Robert married Margaret Allinson in 1851. In 1852 he again made the trip to California. In 1854 he purchased the farm, taking the title of farmer and stock raiser owning 330 acres. Together Robert and Margaret had 12 children 5 of which did not survive. Robert served many roles in the community as Assessor, Supervisor, Collector, Commissioner of the Highway, and Justice of the Peace. Today the two intact structures remaining from the time of Robert are our house, and the granary.
Pheasant Hunt Jo Daviess County, Illinois