8-minute video tour

Come inside! Enjoy a guided walk through the Greene Barn inside and out. See the limestone and timbers. Learn of the Greene Family connections to agriculture, industry and community.

Greene Farmstead

Oak Cottage & Greene Barn

In 1850, the central portion of Oak Cottage was built by William Briggs Greene. It grew wing by wing through the years sheltering six generations. Simple lines define the exterior. The fireplace and mantel are slightly carved Vermont marble. At one time 16 people lived under its roof. 

Buildings were added as the farm grew and prospered. The 14,000-square-foot barn began rising in the 1870s. The Greene Barn built from locally quarried limestone and hand-hewn timbers sheltered animals, hay, grain and tools.

Oak Cottage, the barn and 10-acre homestead were donated to the District by William Bertram Greene, grandson of William Briggs Greene.

Help Open the Greene Barn

Greene Barn is a gathering place along the East Branch of the DuPage River that celebrates local cultural and environmental heritage.

Your support will help open the barn for public use.

To make a donation, click on the Greene button.

The 258-page Discovery and Analysis Phase Report was presented to the Board of Commissioners on October 19, 2021. Focus on the Greene Valley Forest Preserve begins on page 154.

The Market Analysis of the Greene Barn begins on page 16. The Board  of Commissioners directed that the analysis be for commercial use. The Greene Barn Ad Hoc Committee recommendation was for mission-aligned mixed use gathering spaces with limited  times  of facility rental.

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Goal: Open the Barn to Public Use
Objective: Awareness & Engagement

Hobson & Greene Roads in Naperville, Illinois
Greene Valley Forest Preserve

Visit the Greene Valley Forest Preserve and check out the barn and trails.  Social media posts are encouraged.

Share photos to the Greene Barn’s Facebook page and  tag them #TheGreeneBarn. Thank you!

The barn is owned by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, which has received much citizen interest in its future. Britney Toussaint, Rachel Jenness, Becky Simon and Mary Lou Wehrli have been working with the Forest Preserve District to bring more attention to the cultural asset. You are encouraged and welcome to share your thoughts.

“It is hoped that the barn will connect people of all ages with nature, ecosystems, and cultural heritage,” said Toussaint. 

The Greene Farmstead is located at the north end of the 1,388-acre Greene Valley Forest Preserve in Naperville. The preserve features 12-miles of marked trails, an off-leash dog area, a model-craft area, picnic shelters and a youth-group campground. It is home to more than 540 native plant species. 

“It is a significant historic place with many stories to tell,” said Simon. “We look forward to attracting volunteers and developing a Strategic Plan.”  

For information and to become involved, please call 630-420-2282 or visit TheGreeneBarn.org.

2019-2021 Successessssss!

Join us in celebrating the successessss of the Greene Barn!

Phased Update of the 1992 
Greene Valley Forest Preserve Master Plan!

Contract awarded in 2021 by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.

Stay tuned for the next phase developing the Greene Valley Forest Preserve Master Plan due in 2022!

The Greene Barn

Greene Valley Forest Preserve

on the East Branch of the DuPage River

Greene Barn Ad Hoc Committee
Recommendation

A Closer Peek

Timber frame barn built with local trees and limestone.

At 14,000 square feet it was and is the largest barn in DuPage County!

Main Level

Lower Level

Fresh Air Charm

Naperville Preservation, Inc.

Honoring Our Built Heritage

Historic preservation is a celebration of community. It maintains a record Naperville’s history and culture by keeping buildings alive through adaptive reuse. It helps define our identity, keeps our community intact, and is part of a healthy community.

We believe that preservation pays. Historic preservation is good for our local economy:

  • old buildings attract new businesses
  • old buildings attract people

Historic Preservation is environmentally friendly. The greenest building is the one that is already built.

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VISIT!

The Greene Barn is owned by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.

THANK YOU!

Funds raised benefit the efforts to create outdoor engagement with the Greene Barn, expand awareness of its potential when open to the public, and to celebrate connecting people with nature and the cultural heritage of DuPage County.

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in the Greene Valley Forest Preserve, Naperville IL

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