Dunham's Stock Farm
actually in Elgin, Dunham's Castle was built between 1878 and 1882 in the Norman Gothic style
of architecture. This castle is the result of the success of a horse breeding
farm. Mark Dunham and his uncle established this Fletcher Norman Horse Company,
which bred Perheron and French Coach horses. Prior to the invention of the
motorized plows or other heavy farm machinery, those horses were deemed perfect
for farm work.
When his business prospered, he commissioned the
building of a 12,000 square foot home from the plans of a castle that resided
in the Normandy section of France. The castle was named ,
the finest farm residences in the State of Illinois", in an 1888 history of
Kane County. The farm housed as many as 800 animals at any given
Note: This card is a classic example of the fact that you can't always
rely on something just because it is in print. While this card maintains
that Dunham's Castle is in Elgin, it is actually in a neighboring suburb.
As previously stated, the actual intention for postcards back then was to
communicate with family and friends inexpensively before the invention
(and proliferation) of the telephone. People were not so concerned
with historical accuracy as they were of a way to telling each other the
most recent news.