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Elkhart, IL - Historic Gillett House

4 Drake Lane - Elkhart, Illinois

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Why Buy This Property

Rarely in America, an opportunity to acquire a home with more history than the Gillett House located at Old Gillett Farm in Elkhart, IL -- stately, and historic. Abraham Lincoln was a lifelong friend and the family’s lawyer, Adlai Stevenson wrote some of his presidential campaign speeches on the screened porch, Earnest Hemingway passed through on his way to Florida, Gillett’s daughter married Civil War hero and Governor Oglesby and they built Olgehurst, their mansion next door, Gillett’s grand-daughter married William Drake of the Drake Hotel family from Chicago, Carry Grant played tennis with his wife Betsy Drake, Marshall Field would stop his private train car for mint julips on the lawn and then Gillett would join Field to travel to the Kentucky Derby. Old Gillett Farm has been treasured by the Gillett family for over seven generations.

Historic Estate – Old Gillett Farm has been owned by the same family for eight generations. Resulting in one of the most important homes in Central Illinois today. Desirable Wooded and Agricultural Properties – Old Gillett Farm comprises a total of 785+ acres of wooded and agricultural property representing an era gone by. This offering is a unique opportunity to purchase the historic farm house on ten acres of beautifully wooded and rolling land.

Desirable Logan County - The agricultural acres of Logan County are some of the richest and most desirable in Illinois. Convenient Location – The property is located within the Village of Elkhart, Logan County, Illinois. It is just 35 miles north of Springfield, 45 miles south of Bloomington, IL and only 175 miles south of Chicago.

Recreation Land Opportunities –The Gillett House is surrounded by Old Gillett Farm and backs up to Perpetual Serenity – Sixty-five majestic acres of wooded land north of the Gillett House on Elkhart Hill which is protected from future development with a Forest Preserve under the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission. An additional sixty-five acres of privately owned Forest Preserve, abuts the northern boundary of the woodland tract and is owned by others, further insuring the integrity of this parcel.



Old Gillett Farm was the vision of John Dean Gillett.

The Gillett House is approximately 10,000 sq. ft. and features seven bedrooms, five full baths, a powder room, and its own ornately designed water tower. Hardwoods, handcrafted pine paneling, finely crafted hardware can be found everywhere and are the sort of details that are rarely found in modern homes. The property is located on Elkhart Hill, the highest point of land between Chicago and St. Louis and where on a clear day you can see Springfield. At the base of the hill is the site of the 1819 Kentucky House where Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Douglas, and other lawyers of the day stopped on their circuit rounds. It was built on the Edwards Trace, a 100 mile route from Peoria to St. Louis. The only remnant of the trace today is on Elkhart Hill where the wagon tracks can still be seen. The property features tillable land, pastures, protected mature woodlands, a pond, and amazing unobstructed views.

The Gillett House, carriage house, water tower - a total of 10 acres atop Elkhart Hill, includes acres of wooded land.

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  Fine & Company LLC
  Michael A.Fine, CCIM, CAI, AARE
  Illinois, United States

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Disclaimer : The Seller, Broker, and Auctioneer and their agents assume no liability for inaccuracies, errors, or omissions in the auction marketing materials, including the Bidder's Information Packet. All square footage, dimensions, real estate taxes, and common area fees, if any, are approximate. All materials are subject to inspection and verification by all parties relying on them. This offering is subject to prior sale and may be withdrawn, modified, or cancelled without notice at any time. This is not a solicitation or offering to residents of any state where this offering is prohibited by law.

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