Wentworth's Farmhouse was built in 1868 and stood at the corner of modern day Archer and Harlem. Wentowrth began buying up "canal land" that was originally being sold to finance the building of the I&M Canal. He eventually amassed 4700 acres of land comprising most of modern day Garfield Ridge, Clearing and Summit. He built his farmhouse as the crown jewel of his "Summit Farm" where he raised blooded cattle. He also leased much of his land to truck farmer who farmed the "Mud Lake" land.
Wentworth would live at the Sherman Hotel and head out to his farm via the canal or the Chicago and Alton Railroad. He would entertain dignitaries. After his death in 1888 his lands were controlled by his nephew Moses who sold the farmhouse to a former farmhand Cyrus Parlin. The Parlin family owned the house until it's demolition in April of 1968. According to the Parlin family, the house had fallen into disrepair and still had coal heating in 1968,
It is featured in several books of famous houses in Illinois.
The address was 5441 S. Harlem, later to become 5441 S Neva as the streets in the area were subdivided.
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