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About the Farmhouse



Located in the forefront and middle of the 30+ acre estate, the Farmhouse was designed and co-built by it's first owner Clarence Briesacher in the late 1960s.  The original drawing for the layout of the house is still in the care of the current owners and is part of the Old Oak Collections portfolio.  Constructions for the house began late in the year 1969 and was completed in 1970.  In order for the construction of the new house to begin, the old and original farm house was dismantle and torn down.  When demolition of the old farm house was nearing completion a discovery was made.  Unknown to Clarence and his family the old farm house contained the original log cabin that was built on the estate in the 1850s, by Clarence's great-great-grandfather George Briesacher and his family.  Indeed it was a sad day to the Brieascher family to made such a hundred and ten year old discovery upon demolition.

After the construction of the new farm house in 1970, Clarence Briesacher along with his wife, Virginia (nee Vollmer), and his youngest daughter Kay moved into the house from the house they lived in on Fahey Place (Belleville, IL), the prior 20 years.  The house on Fahey Place is one that Clarence built by hand and without the convenience of electricity, for there was not an electrical line out there during the beginning of the 1950s, when he built the house.

Clarence and his wife, Virginia, lived in the Farmhouse for the next 40+ years, sharing and creating many family memories.  Clarence and Virginia brought in their 50th wedding anniversary at the house. Their youngest daughter, Kay, graduated high school from there.  Their oldest daughter, Pat (Briesacher) Hayes, returned many times with her children, Michael and Christina, who returned with their children: Alexandria, Jennifer, Andrew, Brendan, and Evan, as years passed.

The Farmhouse saw many a gardens grow on it's land.  Clarence and Virginia were avid gardeners growing kohlrabi, squash, tomatoes, beans, beets, potatoes, and much more.  Virginia loved growing different types of flowers such as poppies, tulips, daffodils, peonies, hyacinths, surprise lilies, and many more.  One garden plot, called Ginny's Garden, still grows many of those flowers what she plants decades ago.

Today the Farmhouse is the homestead of the Hayes family and Old Oak Estate Farm.  A year and an half after the death of Clarence in 2002, Virginia sold the farm and house to her grandson, Michael. He and his wife, Gisela (nee Borawski), moved into the house and began setting up home there while doing some renovations to expand the house.  While the Hayes' were in resident, a new family member was born to the house, Ava.