The Riverview Farmstand can be glimpsed from my church. From across the street I could see the yellow prairie flowers. It was upon closer look I found out it is a park and a third of a mile from the entrance is a parking lot.
And to my surprise there are trails where one can safely view the DuPage River and they also have a dock for canoes. For years, since my sister moved to Plainfield, I’ve been meaning to stop by the roadside to take a picture of the river but not knowing where I could safely park my car I kept postponing it.
Located within the park is the Clow Family Farm. The Clow family came from Scotland in 1834 and later settled in 1844 in the Wheatland Township. For the next 120 years they lived and prospered from the farm. The park has some historical buildings, the Settlement house, a big Limestone house and a barn. Situated next to the river, the settlement was named Riverview Farmstand in 1918.
The park is open all year round from 8:00 to sunset. It is a very quiet place, a good place for photographers, hikers and bikers. They also have a shed with picnic tables, a couple of barbecue pits and toilets. It is set off from the busy 119th Street so it is perfect for family picnics.