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House tour - house front House tour - dining room House tour - LaFayette Funk House tour - parlor House tour - garden peonies House tour - passion flower

1864 Family Home


The Prairie Home was built by LaFayette Funk with timber felled in Funks Grove. It took two and a half years and was completed in January of 1864.  LaFayette married Elizabeth Paullin on January 12, 1864 in Ohio, brought her to the Illinois prairie, and presented her with a dream house.  LaFayette incorporated the newest technology at the time, including indoor plumbing and hot water heat.  It took over a decade to fully furnish and decorate their home, and today the vast majority of what you see is still original.

LaFayette and Elizabeth had two sons, both of whom were geniuses in their respective fields.  Eugene Duncan, the elder son, is the founder of Funk Brothers Seed Company, and the creator of the first commercial hybrid corn in the world, Funks Tribred.  Deloss, the younger son, studied early electricity, and created his own custom power plant for the farm in 1910.  His system was so unique that journalists called the farm "the City on the Prairie."

You'll take a guided tour through this majestic Civil War Era home and go back in time to the days when the Funk Family traveled on horseback and made their living farming with horses.  The elegant home has been preserved and provides an exciting glimpse into the early days.  Room after room of amazing furnishings will make you want to bring your friends and family back to the Prairie Home.


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