Partners Sought for Potential Greene Farm Barn Uses

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Partners Sought for Potential Greene Farm Barn Uses

Ad hoc committee exploring possible uses, funding sources for 14,000-square-foot historic barn

(June 3, 2019) — The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s Greene Farm Barn ad hoc committee is looking for nonprofit agencies interested in using the historic timber-frame barn at the corner of Hobson and Greene roads near Naperville and Woodridge.

Organizations looking for a unique environment for meetings, classes, performances, parties, exhibits, camps, training, and shows are invited to contact ad hoc committee Chair Rachel Jenness at

“It’s a magnificent structure on a beautiful site adjacent to trails and the East Branch DuPage River,” said ad hoc committee member Jim Hill. “The barn would be suitable for all ages and offers fresh natural surroundings with the strength of local limestone and hand-hewn timbers.”

The Forest Preserve District Board of Commissioners created the committee in January 2019 to explore the best public use for the Greene Farm Barn in alignment with the District’s mission and master plan goals and objectives. The committee’s recommendation to the board should identify partnerships, funding sources and potential revenues, and include an analysis of costs for development, operations and maintenance.

“One of the responsibilities of the committee is to identify potential partners,” said committee Jenness said. “It’s important to know how the barn might be used in order to ascertain what if any improvements need to be made to the structure.”

The District acquired the Greene Farmstead in 1971 for cultural, educational, historical and recreational activities for the public benefit. In 1988, the District passed an ordinance confirming its commitment to maintain the Greene Farm house, known as the Oak Cottage, and barn for public enjoyment.

The Greene Farmstead is part of the District’s 1,388-acre Greene Valley Forest Preserve. The preserve features a 190-foot-tall scenic overlook, 12 miles of marked trails, picnic shelters, an off-leash dog area, a model craft area and a youth-group campground. The preserve is home to more than 540 native plant species, making it one of the county’s most botanically diverse sites.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 4 million people visit its 60+ forest preserves, 145 miles of trails, six education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, blogFacebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.


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