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Colonel Palmer House to kick off Summer Sunday Series

CRYSTAL LAKE – The 2013 Summer Sunday Series at the Colonel Palmer House kicks off from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday with “Chewing the Cud: Cows on the Farm.”

This free program will be on the grounds of the historic house at 660 E. Terra Cotta Ave. (Route 176).

Colonel Palmer House staff, Crystal Lake Historical Society volunteers and other costumed interpreters will demonstrate 19th-century farming methods and provide information on the circa 1858 home and the Palmer family who lived there. 

Visitors will be invited to engage in farm chores that include milking a cow and mucking a stall.

A replica barn, on loan from the McHenry County Historical Society, will be constructed on-site at 2 p.m. Local historian Nancy Fike will narrate the barn raising.

Visitors also will have the opportunity to enjoy a wagon ride, as well as tour the inside of the Colonel Palmer House and view exhibits relating to dairying in Crystal Lake.

For information, call Mary Ott at 815-477-5873 or email


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