"I love the neighbors, we are more like a village that supports each other. We help with "Who has a cup of flour?" to "Can someone watch my kid?". Everyone is so friendly and open to meeting new people."
-Sarah, Country Place Resident
Country Place is a neighborhood in Lindenhurst, IL located within a 200 acre sanctuary that allows you to come home to the natural beauty of the countryside every day. Some of these natural beauties include 67 acres of green space, parks and ponds that residents can use, a trail system that links the community to the beautiful Lake County Forest Preserve District's McDonald's Woods and Millennium Park, a 13 acre facility with baseball fields, basketball courts and plenty of playground equipment.
The Bonner Heritage Farm is also centrally located in the neighborhood and preserves the story of Lake County's agricultural roots. The farm was originally homesteaded in 1842 by Scottish immigrants William and Margaret Bonner. Around 1850, William Bonner built two farmhouses on the site. Prior to the homes being built, the families resided in the township of Bristol, Wisconsin.
The most historically significant structure on the property is the main barn. The original oak-and-hickory structure was built in 1848. Measuring 40 by 44 feet, it held just five cows. This portion of the main barn is among the oldest surviving intact great barns in Lake County. As the family prospered over the century, the barn reflected that with the addition of four expansions and two silos. The first was a white pine sawn timber bay added to the north end around 1890. The second was added to the north of the first addition. The third barn addition was probably constructed in the mid-1920s. It is a combination timber frame with gambrel trusses and was used for dairying on the ground level and hay storage on the upper level. The final addition became the milk house and was constructed on the west side of the barn. Two concrete stave silos were constructed on the north end of the main barn.
In 1995, the Bonner family donated an 8-acre cluster of buildings from this farm. Country Place was established in 1995 as well and the homes were originally built by Ryland Homes and Westfield Homes. Homes in this community include both attached homes and single-family homes and are usually in the traditional or colonial style. These homes offer 1 to 5 bedrooms and 1 bath to 3 bathrooms. Residences range in size from 893 to 3598 square feet in living space.