This year, we were driving and stumbled upon the most adorable, rustic barn along the side of the road. We both marveled at how perfectly quaint it was, decorated in simplicity with just one wreath and surrounded by a winter wonderland. We HAD to turn around...
Turns out, the barn is full of history. Actually, it's the Schmidt-Burnham Log House, to be exact. We found out the house is the oldest log structure in Cook County still in use and that it was most likely built in 1837 by early settlers in the area. It is also the only home in the area to be continuously occupied for nearly 165 years. Originally located on the grounds of Indian Hill Club, local artist and author, Anita Willets Burnham, “discovered” the log house while on a painting trip in the spring of 1914. She purchased the home in 1917, relocated it to 1407 Tower Road in Winnetka and restored it to its original condition, adding two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a kitchen.
I was excited with how beautiful it was but learning the history of it was so cool. I was amazed to find out all that happened here so many years ago and here I am, using it as a background for blog photos...I'm sure Anita Burnham would be proud ;)
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