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March
900
Sat
2019
11:00 am The Faces of Downtown Exhibit @ Colonel Palmer House
The Faces of Downtown Exhibit @ Colonel Palmer House
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Faces of Downtown Exhibit @ Colonel Palmer House
Exhibit Hours: Thursdays and Friday 11 AM – 5 PM Saturdays 10 AM – 4 PM Take a stroll through the history of downtown Crystal Lake.  Meet the “Movers and Shakers” who have lived and … Continued
June
800
Sat
2019
11:00 am Midsommar Festival @ Colonel Palmer House
Midsommar Festival @ Colonel Palmer House
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Midsommar Festival @ Colonel Palmer House
11 AM – 4 PM on Saturday, June 8 Rain or Shine! Join the Colonel Palmer House in celebrating the rich Swedish heritage of Crystal Lake!  Decorate and raise a maypole, make a flower crown, … Continued
June
900
Sun
2019
10:00 am Trolley Tour @ Crystal Lake City Hall
Trolley Tour @ Crystal Lake City Hall
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Hop on the Trolley! Sunday, June 9 Every year, the Crystal Lake Historic Preservation Commission creates a new trolley tour highlighting local history.  This year the trolley will travel along Caroline Street and Walkup Avenue.  … Continued
October
1800
Fri
2019
6:00 pm Dearly Departed @ Colonel Palmer House
Dearly Departed @ Colonel Palmer House
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Dearly Departed @ Colonel Palmer House
  Save the date!  This year marks the 10th anniversary of the always popular Dearly Departed program, where Crystal Lake Historical Society volunteers recreate a true story from Crystal Lake’s past.  Tickets will be available … Continued

Barn Quilt for Hill Farm Barn (Barlina Road)

During the Summer of 2011, the six top tier counties of Illinois (along the Wisconsin border) celebrated a patchwork of quilt exhibits, programs, and demonstrations.  The program was known as the Northern Illinois Quilt Festival. The tradition has continued each year since then.

As part of this program, various groups from McHenry County created and installed barn quilts on barns throughout the county. The purpose of the barn quilt program is not only to provide beautiful public art but to bring attention to barn preservation and restoration issues and to promote agri-tourism throughout the county.

The Crystal Lake Historical Society and Crystal Lake Park District has created and installed a barn quilt on the Hill Farm Barn on Barlina Road in Crystal Lake. The quilt honors the 90th anniversary of the formation of the Crystal Lake Park District.

The barn quilt measures 8′ x 8′ and was painted on exterior grade plywood. A Weathervane Variation pattern was selected and painted in colors to symbolize the natural elements that formed our McHenry County landscape. Deep blue represents the waters of our many ponds, lakes and rivers. Lighter blue represents the sky from which rain and sunshine nourish our crops. Green represents the lush farm fields and natural areas that have been preserved throughout McHenry County. Deep red symbolizes the prairie fires that formed our native landscapes and nourished the rich soil to provide for bountiful farming.

Creating a Barn Quilt