Monthly Archives: April 2012

Sunday at the Park

Yesterday, Sunday, found a crowded park. The House (Conference Center) offered two brunch flights for the public. Invariably, after eating, diners make a leisurely tour around the gardens. It appeared that a formal tour was also being offered to a … Continue reading

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62 Washington Square South, New York, New York

What is the definition of someone with no life? – a person who blogs about someone else’s life.                                                                                                                -the author In New York City, a must-see for an “Allerton nut” (like me) is Washington Square in the heart of Greenwich … Continue reading

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Peony Garden Status – A Few Blooms

The Peony Garden has a few early blooms. Fortunately the weather has cooled, thus slowing the peony blooms.  Most of the plants have broken ground but the blooms might be staggered across the blooming season. The buds on most of … Continue reading

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The contributions of Charles Laing to Robert Allerton Park

The last post introduced the overall artistic concept of Robert Allerton park. This posting will focus on the Chicago stonecutter, Charles Laing, who is responsible for a considerable number of decorative pieces in place at the Monticello estate. Charles Laing … Continue reading

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What is the Reality of Robert Allerton Park?

The Park was busy with people this past weekend. For the local park afficiandos, a crowded park is double edged. How wonderful to see the Park enjoyed. During the week, I have ample opportunity to walk the park and not … Continue reading

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The Status of the Bridge

The local Piatt County Journal  reported in its last issue, April 5, 2012, that “Long-awaited Allerton bridge project could open December 2012.” Hurray!! The long trek from the East side to the West (or vice versa) requires a twenty minute … Continue reading

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General Directions for the First Time Visitor

If you are planning on your first visit to Robert Allerton Park, an important fact to know in advance is that the Sangamon River divides the Park and currently there is no access within the Park to connect the two … Continue reading

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Now that you’ve been introduced to the park – Let’s go back to the beginning

Now that I’ve introduced some great hiking opportunities at the Park, I will return to a basic introduction to Robert Allerton Park, commonly shortened to just Allerton Park. This park in Piatt County, Illinois, was established by the gift of … Continue reading

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Twice as Nice – both sides of the river

Centaur to Fu Dog Loop – Approx. 2.5 miles Trail Conditions: Dry, well maintained and well traveled A great day for a hike. In fact, ideal! The “House side” trails of the park are in great shape. Improvements between the … Continue reading

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