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Hoppe Heritage Farmstead/South Branch Prairie

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This 60-acre site was home to the Hoppe family for over 140 years. It is now the location of the re-located and re-constructed 1845 Miller-Elwood log cabin, a significant historical artifact of the county's earliest settlers. The adjacent South Branch Prairie, which contains five native plant communities as well as the South Branch of the Kishwaukee River, has been recognized nationally by the Natural Resources Conservation Service as an especially high quality wetland restoration. A number of uncommon birds that require river, marsh or grassland habitat, including Sand Hill Cranes and Bald Eagles visit the site each year. We expect that these birds will eventually nest there, if we can convince dog owners to keep their pets on leash.


This 60-acre nature area offers:

Hoppe Cabin   


South Branch Prairie Marker