City of Springfield, Illinois

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Adams Wildlife

Adams Wildlife Preserve

2315 Clear Lake Avenue, Springfield, IL

Known today as the Adams Wildlife Sanctuary, the Adams House and surrounding woodland has been a fixture on Springfield’s east side for nearly 150 years. In 1869, Justice of the Peace, L. B. Adams purchased the home and surrounding acreage. For the next three generations, the Adams property would remain free from building development. Born in 1897 to L. B. Adams’ son James, Miss Margery Adams would continue to live on the property for the next 86 years until her death in 1983. Upon her death, Miss Margery Adams donated her home and surrounding woodland to the Illinois Audubon Society.

The Timeline is a follows:

  • 1830 – Public domain land is purchased for $1.25 an acre by Thomas Isles.
  • 1855 – Land speculator Strother G. Jones buys the property and subdivides it into lots.
  • 1857 – James M. Logan, proprietor of Everybody’s Mills in Springfield, buys two lots next to the road and builds a house.
  • 1863 – Rev. Simeon W. Harkey, President of Illinois State University, buys the house and lots.
  • 1869 – County Justice of the Peace, L. B. Adams buys the house and lots.
  • 1897 – L. B. Adams’ son, James L. Adams, farms the land and plants an orchard; Margery is born.
  • 1931 – James L. Adams, Margery’s father dies.
  • 1941 – Margery’s mother, Laura Snyder Adams, dies and the farm and orchard are allowed to revert to woodlands.
  • 1983 – Margery dies and the Illinois Audubon Society assumes ownership of the property.

Telephone number 217-544-5781.
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