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Willoughby Heritage Farm is more than just a piece of property. As part of the Collinsville Area Recreation District (CARD), the land has become a place where the history comes to life through historic structures, original tools, replica gardens and a restored environment. Along with the barns, farm tools and live animals, farm staff and volunteers have created over three miles of hiking trails in the woodland and prairie.
Click here to view the Willoughby Farm master plan.
Willoughby Heritage Farm has been made possible thanks to grants from Madison County Parks and Recreation Grants Commission, Madison County Planning and Development, IDCEO/Department of Energy and other organizations, as well as volunteer asisstance from area scout troops, the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners and the Timber Framers Guild.
Make the most of your visit
Willoughby Farm is located at 631 Willoughby Lane in Collinsville.
The farm is a public park and is open to everyone to enjoy, reguardless of residency.
The farm gate is open 10am-7pm, daily. The barns are open Monday-Friday until 3:30pm and by appointment.
NEW: There's been so much happening at the Farm. Click here to read about what happened in summer 2013 and the plans for the new year.
NEW: We're breaking records at Willoughby Farm: thanks to the diligent work of the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners and our volunteers, Willoughby Farm was able to donate 1,802.5 pounds of food from the farm's gardens to local food pantries in 2013. Thanks to everyone who works in the farm's gardens to help those in need.
NEW: On Tuesday, October 22, Hamlet and Ringo, the pigs of Willoughby Farm, will leave the farm forever. We've enjoyed watching the pigs grow but it's time for them to fulfill their original purpose; feeding the hungry. On November 5, 315 pounds of meat was donated to the Collinsville Food Pantry to feed the needy in our area.
UPDATE (12/16/13): The goats, rabbits and sheep are on vacation for the winter. They'll be back in the spring.
NEW: Much of the farm house as been restored and is open to the public from 10am-2pm on Wednesdays. Special thanks to the Collinsville Garden Club that decorated the house for the holidays.
Visiting the farm is free for all, but volunteers and farm coordinators aren't always available to answer questions, give tours, or provide programs. If you or your group is interested in experiencing all that the farm has to offer through tours, talks, and crafts, please contact farm coordinator Carol Frerker at least seven business days before your visit. You can reach Carol at 618-660-8668.
Please note that the Carl Schultze Pavilion is closed to the public from 10am-1pm on Wednesdays.
631 Willoughby Lane
Collinsville, Illinois 62234
Farm gate open 10am to 7pm, daily.
CARD Activity Center/Administrative Office: 8:30am-7pm, Monday-Thursday; 8:30a,-5pm, Friday
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