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  • Collection: Hawthorn-Mellody Farms

A view of Hawthorn-Mellody's western town complete with a bank, general store, and covered wagons.

Children ride the steam train through the Hawthorn-Mellody Farms grounds while visiting the amusement park.

Founded on Hawthorn Farm--land purchased by Samuel Insull--the one room schoolhouse served children of employees and servants for the Insull home in Lake County. It was demolished in the 1990s, but it had been out of use long before this time.

Children climb atop the Noah's Ark construction at Hawthorn-Mellody Farm's amusement park.

Children view the mosaic depicting a field of cows in the Milk Parlor at Hawthorn-Mellody Farms.

In 1907, Samuel Insull purchased 132 acres of land called Hawthorn Farm and the farmhouse which occupied this space. Construction on a new house began in 1914, but the original structure stood for some time.

A milkman from Hawthorn-Mellody Farms Dairy delivers milk to Highland Park residents.

Exterior photograph of the general store at Hawthorn-Mellody Farms. Above the door reads "Club of Champs"--the advertising campaign using celebrity endorsements.

Boys interact with a turkey from the Hawthorn-Mellody Farm's Petting Zoo outside of the Country Store, an element of the western town attraction.

Governor and Mrs. Stratton ride in one of the Hawthorn-Mellody Farms' dairy carriages.
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