Knox County Scenic Drive Historic Walnut Grove Farm barn

This picture was taken last Sunday at the start of our Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive adventure. On our way home Cheryl wanted to see what the Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive had to offer. For years we have talked about getting in the car this time of year and doing the drive. For some reason we have never gotten around to it until now. The photo above was taken at Walnut Grove Farm which is just a little ways outside of Knoxville, Illinois. If you are starting the Spoon River Drive from the north this would be the area you would first encounter. As you’re coming off the highway you would have seen a balloon and a rock road. This was where the information booth for the Knox County Scenic Drive was located. As far as I can gather all of this is part of the Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive. I guess Knox County just wants to have it’s own identity. I would assume this is do to other parts of the drive taking place in Fulton County.

Out of all the places we took time to visit that day. I think that Walnut Grove Farm was my favorite. Granted we didn’t explore everything that the area had to offer. Neither one of us were feeling all that great and running on little sleep. So we just visited the highlights. The farm offered many vendors selling a large selection of items. Food and produce was available as well. We didn’t take time for the Horse Drawn Wagon Rides or other activities.

“Walnut Grove Farm was homesteaded in 1835 by the Charles family. They came to Illinois seeking the personal success that the rich prairie had to offer. Deeply involved in both community and farm, they established a cattle farming empire that grew to over 1,200 acres by 1890. They built the bank barn around 1865, using stone quarried from the farm for the foundation. The farm was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.”

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Walnut Grove Farm

1455 Knox Station Road, Knoxville, IL 61448

(309) 289-4770