Wednesday, September 08, 2010
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Fall Farm Day featured stop: J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator

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[September 08, 2010]  On Sunday, the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County will host the fourth annual Fall Farm Day. This year's event will be a more leisurely jaunt starting at the Palms Grill in Atlanta at noon. From there, participants will caravan from stop to stop, enjoying open houses at each location. The day will include J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator, the Lincoln Corn Maze, Wachter Farms and Gail's Pumpkin Patch.

Today's featured stop is the J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum. It is the only fully restored wooden grain elevator in Illinois listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The elevator was operated as a commercial enterprise from 1903 until 1976. The city of Atlanta purchased the structure in 1988, and it was placed on the National Register in 1991 for its association with the area's commercial, transportation and agricultural history. Restoration on the elevator began in 1993. It was dedicated as a museum and opened to the public on July 17, 1999.

The restored elevator is symbolic of the early development in bulk handling of grain in large volumes required by the processing industry, one that is strongly represented here in central Illinois.

The J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum is open for tours on Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. during the summer months -- June, July and August -- or by appointment. These tours are free and open to the public, with donations accepted.

Join the Fall Farm Day tour on Sunday to learn more about the history of the J.H. Hawes Elevator Museum and agriculture in Logan County. For more information on the tour, call 217-732-8687 or e-mail

[Text from file received from Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County]

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