Homestead Prairie Farm at Rock Springs Conservation Area
Walk into the past to an exciting place where the days before the Civil War live on. Homestead Prairie Farm is built around the Trobaugh-Good House located at Rock Springs Conservation Area. It has been restored to let visitors explore rural life on the Grand Prairie of Illinois in 1860 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.
Homestead Prairie Farm is part of the Rock Springs Conservation Area.
Originally constructed by an unknown builder around 1850 as a one room log house, its name comes from the first two families who lived there.
Joseph Trobaugh from Tennessee, his wife Elizabeth born in Illinois and their family were the first known occupants of the house and owned it from 1853 to 1866. Trobaugh was a farmer and sawmill operator. He changed the house by adding rooms and making other renovations.
Emanuel Good, a Civil War veteran, along with his wife and children were the second family to live there. The Goods owned the house from 1866 to 1903, selling it one year after Emanuel’s death.
Today the house is furnished to reflect the lifestyle of the Trobaughs, their boarders, hired hands, and neighbors in 1860, whose lives were being affected by the important changes sweeping the nation in the last years before the Civil War.
Tours & Programs
Free tours are offered June-October from 1:00 pm -4:00 pm weekends. Special tours and programs may be scheduled by appointment at other times for students or various groups. Call (217)423-7708 for further information.
Upcoming Events at Homestead Prairie Farm
Sat, Jun 24, 2017
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Volunteer at Independence Day 1860
Homestead Prairie Farm, Decatur IL
Help celebrate our nation’s birthday 1860s style. This free annual event includes ice cream, a music concert, tours of the farm, and other fun family activities. We are looking for volunteers to lead tours, serve refreshments, and join in the fun.