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Romeoville in Will County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Good Eating on Route 66

The White Fence Farm Story

 
 
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By Jason Voigt, October 1, 2020
1. Good Eating on Route 66 Marker
Inscription.  A prominent Chicago citizen, Stuyvesant Peabody, had a theory: “People would enjoy a simple menu of superior food served in an attractive farm atmosphere.” In the early 1920s, he built White Fence Farm in present-day Romeoville on twelve acres of a 450-acre farm. It was an instant success with suburban Chicago. In 1926, Joliet Road was designated Route 66 and the farm became a favorite stop for travelers.

The Owners

Stuyvesant Peabody, President of Peabody Coal Company, founded the White Fence Farm. The Currier and Ives prints in the restaurant are from his private collection.

Robert and Doris Hastert bought the business in 1954. Their son, Robert, Jr., continues the tradition. The menu still features “The World’s Greatest Chicken” served family style.

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Chicagoans could take a 40 minute drive on Route 66 for fine dining in a country setting.

“…I am sure you will like this place to eat. One of the pleasant features is that while awaiting a table or after eating you can play shuffleboard, croquet, ping-pong,
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By Jason Voigt, October 1, 2020
2. Good Eating on Route 66 Marker
pitch quoits, or simply sit on the terrace and enjoy the music…” – Duncan Hines, Food Critic, 1935.
 
Erected 2011 by Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the U.S. Route 66 🛣️ series list.
 
Location. 41° 40.551′ N, 88° 3.423′ W. Marker is in Romeoville, Illinois, in Will County. Marker can be reached from Joliet Road (Old U.S. 66) south of Bluff Road. Marker is in front of the restaurant. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1376 Joliet Rd, Romeoville IL 60446, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Romeoville, Illinois (approx. 5.3 miles away); Lockport Works World War II Memorial (approx. 5.7 miles away); Gaylord Donnelly Canal Trail Mile Marker 29.1 (approx. 5.9 miles away); Abraham Lincoln (approx. 5.9 miles away); "Whittling Their Time Away" (approx. 5.9 miles away); William Schuler (approx. 5.9 miles away); George Gaylord (approx. 5.9 miles away); Illinois & Michigan Canal Office (approx. 5.9 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Marker was dedicated on June 30, 2011.
 
Also see . . .
1. White Fence Farm. Official website for the classic eatery. (Submitted on October 1, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
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2. White Fence Farm on Wikipedia. In addition to the main location in Romeoville, there are a few other locations in the suburban Chicago area. (Submitted on October 1, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 

3. Village of Romeoville - Route 66 Marker White Fence Farm (video). From the Village of Romeoville (VOR-TV), this was uploaded on August 2011, which features the opening of this marker in front of the White Fence Farm restaurant. Many locals showed up for the event. (Submitted on February 17, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 1, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 35 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 1, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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