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Will County is continuing evaluation of rural structures

Project has reviewed 18 of 24 townships

Published: Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 6:58 a.m. CDT

COAL CITY — Sandy Vasco and Eileen Franz representing the Will County Historical  Preservation Committee will speak on the Will County Rural Structures Project during the Will/Grundy Genealogical Society’s January meeting.

This will be WGGS’ opening meeting of the new year, and it will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at the Coal City Public Library, 85 N. Garfield St., Coal City.

As one of the fastest growing counties in Illinois and in recognition of its changing landscape, Will County‘s Historic Preservation Commission has prioritized the documents of the county’s historic rural buildings and structures.

Since 1999, the county has engaged a consultant to perform intensive surveys of its historic buildings and structures. Surveys have been conducted on farmstead and agriculturally related sites on unincorporated land, with a limited number of significant sites on incorporated land.

Cumulatively, the surveys have documented more than 6,500 structures on more than 1,450 sites over approx- imately 650 square miles of Will County.

While the Commission plans to survey the entire county based upon the magnitude of the project, severely threatened resource areas, time and funding, the commission has deemed it necessary to conduct the county’s 24 township area in stages.

To date the county has completed 18 townships — Wheatland, Plainfield, Lockport, Du Page, Homer, 0New Lenox, Green Garden, Manhattan, Frankfort, Joliet, Troy, Channahon, Wilmington, Jackson, Florence, Reed, Custer and Wesley.

Refreshments will be served. All members and guests are welcome.

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