Peck Farm house depicted on city of Geneva's pewter ornament
Peck Farm is the crossroads where history, nature and recreation collide in Geneva, and the home that helped start it all is featured on the city's newest pewter ornament now available for purchase. The 2017 ornament depicts the Peck Farm House on the front and history of the building on the back. The ornament, which is being sold for $12, can be purchased from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at City Hall, 22 S. First St. People also can visit the city's website at www.geneva.il.us and click "Shop The Geneva Store."
After arriving in Geneva in the 1840s, Eli and Jerusha Peck built the Italianate house in 1869 befitting their stature attained by raising renowned Merino sheep. Nearly symmetrical with a hipped roof, central cupola and carved lintels, the structure served as home to four generations of the Peck family.
The family sold the home and more than 100 acres to the Geneva Park District in 1991 to preserve the land as open space for future generations to enjoy. Today, Geneva's crown jewel of parks stands at 385 acres along Kaneville Road and Fabyan Parkway and offers a wide range of recreational amenities to the public. More information about Peck Farm can be found at www.genevaparks.org.
This is the eighth year Geneva has sold its traditional pewter ornament to the community. Previous editions have featured the city logo, city hall, Pure Oil Building, Loveday House, Patten House and the Moore House (The Little Traveler).
The city also sells other Geneva-themed merchandise, including bracelets, picture frames, golf balls with tees, tote bags and more. Quantities are limited. For more information, call Sherri Weitl at (630) 232-7494.