Add fences and gates around buildings to improve safety and security
The area around the Aitken Barn, carpenter shop, and Dubois Shed were previously excavated by archeologists in 2009. The Conference Center walkway area was surveyed, and the yard area up to the parking lot was excavated by archeologists during remodeling in 2002. The Maintenance Shop/parking area was previously excavated by an archeologist when the addition was removed in 2007.
All fences and gates will be made from pine and painted white to match fences and gates throughout the site.
Jason Taylor, 217-391-3235
Board fences and gates will be added between several historic and non-historic buildings throughout the park to improve security for staff and visitors and deter homeless people from camping in currently unfenced areas. These areas are not much in use by park staff or visitors, thereby increasing the possibility of use by homeless people who cause damage to the buildings, and add to their risk by camping in potentially poison-ivy-covered areas. A fence will be added between the carpenter shop (S-32) and the Aitken Barn (HS-16)- -the fence will be attached to the siding on the shop and a small post next to the Aitken Barn; a gate will be added between the Aitken Barn (HS-16) and the Dubois Shed (non-historic)- -a post already exists next to the shed and another will be added next to the Aitken Barn; a fence will be added at the foot of the south porch steps at the Conference Center (S-30)- -a post will be added next to the building and attached to the fence on the other side- -and a gate by the parking area at the other end of the former walkway- -using posts and the existing fence in a previously disturbed fence area- -so that lawn mowers can still access the area but people cannot walk thorough or camp; and a fence will be added parallel to the current fence that runs from the Maintenance Shop (HS-05A) to the sidewalk by the parking area to prevent cars from compacting the area over a buried foundation that was attached to the shop.