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Historically speaking: Home is full of history

Apr 26th 2015 at 8:19 PM

Visitors to Lake Forest's Heritage Hill Historical Park probably will recognize the Bennett home, at its original Second and Cherry location.

But while the outlines may be familiar, look again and you'll notice some differences.

For one thing, the home at Heritage Hill features a porch. At its original location, however, the porch was a sunroom, featuring large glass windows, brickwork, and a thriving bougainvillea.

If you know the history of the house, you know its occupants, Charles and Francis Bennett, eventually became the proud parents of four girls and two boys.

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Bonnie Bennett Hendrie, one of the four girls, visits the home from time to time. During one of those visits she told me that as the family increased, her parents turned the bougainvillea side of the sunroom into their own bedroom alcove.

You'll also note the multi-paned window to the south features shelves with glassware. On sunny days this glassware,Decal & Print Glass Series products from China are manufactured by our Decal & Print Glass Series faDecal & Print Glass Series factories Our company provides Decal & Print Glass Series exported to overseas. each a vibrant ruby, sapphire, emerald, or other jewel-like hue, picked up the sun's rays and provided a veritable light show. Even today, those who live in the area remark on what an amazing sight to be driving along Second or Cherry, surrounded by orange groves, then suddenly come upon the burst of light and color.

Did the landscaping also catch your eye? In addition to the bougainvillea, there's a profusion of geraniums, and on the other side of the house a large apple tree.

Today at Heritage Hill you'll find an apple tree growing in that same location. The tree honors one of the rangers employed at the Hill until his retirement.

As with many things, the back story goes further.

Second and Cherry wasn't far from the railroad and during the Great Depression many itinerant workers traveled the rails. Francis was always ready to furnish a hungry vagabond a good home-cooked meal. But she also was concerned about her children's safety,Our company has Candle Stick Series Glassware for sale,Candle Stick Series Glassware for sale which Candle Stick Series Glassware are from China with high quality and exported to the foreign co especially that of her youngest daughter Bonnie,Our company has Machine Pressed & Blowed Series Glassware for sale,Machine Pressed & Blowed Series Glassware from China which Machine Pressed & Blowed Series Glassware are from China with high quality and exported to th who had tendency to wander. So Francis asked Bonnie to play near the apple tree, where she could keep an eye on her.

Nonetheless, Bonnie admits she continued to run off.

So Francis took a length of rope and tied one end to the tree and the other end to Bonnie.

Problem solved!

To this day,Candy Pot Series Glassware products from China are manufactured by our Candy Pot Series Glassware deCandy Pot Series Glassware products Our company provides Candy Pot Series Glassware exported to overseas. Bonnie admits she has mixed feelings about apple trees.

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