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There are still working barns in Lake County IL and John Rouse has been busy photographing them. John had planned to photograph an abandoned barn on Washington Street in Grayslake but the wreckers got there first. Grayslake's loss is our gain because it inspired him to launch the Lake County Farmland Project.


Coming from the Indiana farming community of Shelbyville, John recognizes the importance of preserving our farming heritage. Through his Lake County Farmland Project John is capturing a digital record of farms and farm life in our community. This is the first of two exhibits drawn from John’s work, displaying what still remains today.


John took up photography as a hobby after he retired in 2011 and is the webmaster for the Lake County Camera Club. You can view all of John’s farm images from Lake County and from Wisconsin on John’s website or go directly to the Lake County Farmland Project images.

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