FALL WINTER 2017
FALL WINTER 2017
STELLWAGEN FARM MASTER PLAN
The Stellwagen Family Farm Master Plan was
commissioned by the Stellwagen Family Farm
Foundation and the Village of Orland Park to guide
the future development, operation and maintenance
of the Stellwagen Family Farm, a local Orland Park
landmark. The plan’s main interest is to establish the
Farm as a wonderful and unique educational and local
food asset that benefits the Orland Park community and
its surrounding area. The mission is to preserve, restore
and interpret the Farm, its structures, artifacts and history
for residents to learn about and enjoy our community’s
The plan was written for the village, the Stellwagen
Foundation, its volunteers, interested residents, businesses,
and future generations to use and learn about the Farm.
The farm is a public farm and welcomes volunteers,
enthusiasts, investors and people of all ages.
The Master Plan can be used to:
• conduct self-guided tours on the farm,
• learn about the basics of historical farming
• understand how the farm will be preserved
• implement new opportunities and programs for the farm
• obtain grants to continue preservation efforts
for more information and to view the
master plan online.
“The village acquired Stellwagen Farm in 2002 with the
vision of making it accessible to residents and visitors to
learn about the community’s rich agricultural heritage.
Since the beginning, each building at the farmstead has
been meticulously restored to preserve and tell the story
of everyday life in rural Orland Park. The Stellwagen
Family, the Stellwagen Family Farm Foundation
(of which I am a member), and village staff have worked
over the years to prepare the farm for public enjoyment”
Trustee Kathleen Fenton
DEVELOPMENT SERVICES, PLANNING & ENGINEERING
This fall, the village and the Stellwagen Family Farm Foundation will see the completion of two major accomplishments.
The first is the Master Plan for the farm, which has been made publicly available so that residents and businesses can
learn about and participate in the vision for this incredible community asset. The second is the Stellwagen Path, which is
a 1.3 mile long recreational walking and biking path around the perimeter of the farm. The foundation and the village
always envisioned that residents and visitors should be able to roam the wide open spaces the
farm has to offer and take in the leisurely sights. The path connects to all the surrounding
neighborhoods and parks and is now open to the public. This addition brings us one step
closer to making Orland Park a pedestrian-friendly and “walkable” village.
While these are major accomplishments, there is much more work that needs to be done.
Currently, restoration efforts include work on the white Stellwagen Family Farm farmhouse,
which includes repairing windows, siding, porches, and roof, as well as other
restorative repairs/improvements. The farmhouse is the last building to be under
restoration. We encourage interested residents and businesses to reach out to and
support the Foundation and the Village in this worthy endeavor of preserving our heritage.