Hello summer, my old friend.

Hello summer, my old friend.

I am finding it hard to believe we are almost into the final week of July.  The summer, as it has a way of doing, moves by much quicker than the other seasons.  A variety of reasons contributes to this.  For me, for us, the big one is Farwell House.  Typically 5-6...

Generosity

Generosity

Just a few weeks ago we were blessed with a generous gift from a long time friend. Ryan Quillen (RW for those in the know) donated two truck loads of gravel for our driveway to Farwell House.  "No big deal," he says, "just wanted to help out". It is certainly a big...

A Few Notes of Interest and a Thank You

A Few Notes of Interest and a Thank You

We just wanted to take a moment to update all of you on a few things. First of all, we have submitted our application for an ArtPlace America Grant. The funding from this grant would be a huge boost in the process of making Farwell House become a reality. Thank you to...

What is Frederick?

What is Frederick?

For those of you that have lived in Frederick or are currently living in the community, how would you describe or define Frederick, Illinois? How would you describe the people? Ages? Families? Interests? Occupations? What makes it a great place to live? Why have you...

A few notes of interest and a thank you.

We just wanted to take a moment to update all of you on a few things. First of all, we have submitted our application for an ArtPlace America Grant. The funding from this grant would be a huge boost in the process of making Farwell House become a reality. Thank you to...

What is Frederick?

What is Frederick?

For those of you that have lived in Frederick or are currently living in the community, how would you describe or define Frederick, Illinois? How would you describe the people? Ages? Families? Interests? Occupations? What makes it a great place to live? Why have you...

Winter

It's official. Winter has set in. The ground is frozen and covered with a few inches of freshly fallen snow. Although the season encourages us to transition from our warm weather pace and hunker down some of us choose to keep pressing on albeit in other ways. At...

We have reached a milestone!

We have reached a milestone!

With all of the rain we have had over the last month and a half not much has changed on the exterior of Farwell House. The tractor shed now has two covered walls and a roof. Inside, well that is another story.  We made the decision early on, for a variety of reasons,...

Where did our summer go?

Where did our summer go?

What happened to summer?  That was my thought as I transitioned back into school mode this past week. On the plus side this typically means that our time was filled with a load of activities, trips and adventures that made our time fly by.  Of course, Farwell House...

Wanna See Inside?

Wanna See Inside?

Hello fall, or autumn if you are from the other side of the pond. Anyway we have a few big announcements in regards to Farwell House. First off, we are now a registered not-for-profit organization with the state of Illinois!  This moves us into the next step of...

History of Farwell House

History of Farwell House

The History Behind the Mansion on Frederick Hill by Brian Schmidt – December 20, 2013 Recently, Edward Howard, the owner of the “Mansion” on top of the hill at Frederick, Illinois, passed away. Sullivan Auctioneers will auction off the estate on February 15, 2012. An...

History of Farwell House by Brian Schmidt

The following research paper was complied by Rushville-Industry High School history teacher Brian Schmidt. The History Behind the Mansion on Frederick Hill by Brian Schmidt - December 20, 2013 Recently, Edward Howard, the owner of the “Mansion” on top of the hill at...

Wanna See Inside?

Hello fall, or autumn if you are from the other side of the pond. Anyway we have a few big announcements in regards to Farwell House. First off, we are now a registered not-for-profit organization with the state of Illinois!  This moves us into the next step of...

Where did our summer go?

What happened to summer?  That was my thought as I transitioned back into school mode this past week. On the plus side this typically means that our time was filled with a load of activities, trips and adventures that made our time fly by.  Of course, Farwell House...

We have reached a milestone!

With all of the rain we have had over the last month and a half not much has changed on the exterior of Farwell House. The tractor shed now has two covered walls and a roof. Inside, well that is another story.  We made the decision early on, for a variety of reasons,...

Work continues at Farwell House

With the extra day away from our paid jobs we were able to make some major headway at Farwell House this past weekend.  Christy and Erin continued to plow through the never ending task of wallpaper removal while Brian, Jason E. and I worked on constructing a twelve by...

Notes from the past

We are currently removing wallpaper from the first floor hallways in order to repair the walls and ceiling.  Our initial plan is to utilize this area as a gallery space to showcase the work of resident artists as well as our own small collection. While removing the...

Ahhhh, the beginning.

As I stated earlier, there is much to be said about how this all began.  I will attempt to articulate my thoughts in a way that will hopefully make sense for you, the reader.  Although the house is a big part of this journey,  I believe it's probably wise to first...

Where do we begin?

That is a fantastic question.  I often find myself trying to figure out how this all came about as well. Let me start by saying that God has a way of providing opportunities that are totally and completely unexpected. What is even more mysterious is the fact that said...