The Richardson family didn't always sell Christmas trees and delight many with their corn maze. Robert Richardson, who emigrated from England, was one of the first pioneers here, settling the land in 1836. The main house was built in 1863 with cream-colored "Milwaukee Brick" which was hauled in by carts pulled by oxen. Besides growing traditional crops of corn and soy beans, cows were milked until 1963 and hogs were raised until 2001.
This sketch is from the McHenry County Atlas of 1872.