Part of the Virgil Gilman Bike Trail near Blackberry Farm in Illinois. The cloud was there; I did not add it to the photo.
The trail’s namesake, Virgil Gilman, served as director of the Fox Valley Park District for 30 years and successfully championed public access to the river-indeed, access grew from 66 feet in 1946 to more than 30 miles today.
Blackberry Farm is a living history museum on 54 scenic acres with a lake, ponds and a meandering stream. The grounds contain an arboretum with more than 200 varieties of trees, floral displays and historic agricultural gardens.
Blackberry Farm has five museums including the Carriage House, the Farm Museum, the Early Streets Museum and the Huntoon House. These contain an outstanding collection of late 19th century artifacts used in every facet of life. In the Carriage House, there are 40 carriages, sleighs and commercial vehicles. The Farm collection has many rare implements dating from the mid-1800s to 1910. The Streets Museum houses 11 late Victorian-era exhibit stores including a music shop, pharmacy, general store, photography shop and toy store.