A Visit to Allerton Park
I took the opportunity on a cold, but clearing day to visit Allerton Park, a locally famous piece of property donated to the University of Illinois by Robert Henry Allerton in 1946. The 1000+ acre estate contains a wide variety of landscapes (from meadow to forest to river bottomland) and includes a number of unique sculptures and formal gardens. As I was late getting out there and the sun was waning (and the park closes at sunset), I could not get out on the trails to see everything the park has to offer. But it also meant that I was basically alone. Please enjoy these few images, especially my friends that have moved away from this community and who I know have memories of this place. The image above is a view of the Allerton Park meadow with the Allerton House just visible on the left through the trees. For a map of the grounds, see this link: http://allerton.illinois.edu/docs/APARC_map_brochure_web_6-2010.pdf
I promise to return with more photos to follow.
First stop, the Sunsinger.