Bourbonnais in Kankakee County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Durham-Perry Family Legacy
Davis Perry came to Bourbonnais Grove in 1840, built a mill and married Durham’s daughter, Martha. He bought the farm from Durham’s sons in 1866. When he died in 1887, his son Alvah inherited the farm. A tenant farmer maintained the ladn while Alvah and his family lived in Wilmette. They spent summers and holidays at the farmhouse. Alvah died in 1899.
Lomira Alvah Perry—a University of Chicago graduate, Kankakee High School’s Dean of Girls, and the last living daughter of Alvah—died in 1961. She left the farm in trust to the State of Illinois. She hoped some part of it could be made a park. In 1986, the state awarded the farm to the Bourbonnais Township Park District.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Illinois State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 41° 8.854′ N, 87° 52.61′ W. Marker is in Bourbonnais, Illinois, in Kankakee County. Marker can be reached from Croswell Avenue north of Perry Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. It is in Perry Farm Park in the grove of trees behind the farmhouse. Marker is in this post office area: Bourbonnais IL 60914, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Durham-Perry Farmstead (within shouting distance of this marker); The Durham-Perry Farmstead Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Jardin aux Potages (approx. 0.9 miles away); Dedicated to the Memory (approx. 0.9 miles away); Bourbonnais Grove (approx. 0.9 miles away); McHie Ferry (approx. 6.2 miles away); Rockville Illinois (approx. 7 miles away).
Categories. • Agriculture • Environment •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 17, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 54 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 17, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.