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July
2700
Sat
2019
10:00 am Saturday Morning Swedenberg Cele... @ Colonel Palmer House
Saturday Morning Swedenberg Cele... @ Colonel Palmer House
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday Morning Swedenberg Celebration @ Colonel Palmer House
Stop by Colonel Palmer House, 660 E. Terra Cotta Ave, Crystal Lake to view the informative and educational Swedenberg display. In addition to touring the house, staff will be on site to answer questions and … Continued
August
800
Thu
2019
2:00 pm Celebrating Swedenberg Family Style @ Colonel Palmer House
Celebrating Swedenberg Family Style @ Colonel Palmer House
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Celebrating Swedenberg Family Style @ Colonel Palmer House
Stop by Colonel Palmer House, 660 E. Terra Cotta Ave, Crystal Lake to view the informative and educational Swedenberg display. In addition to touring the house, staff will be on site to answer questions and … 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