Jim May & Nan Seidler residence
Jim May (renown storyteller and author) and Nan Seidler (talented visual artist) live in Alden Township along 1300 feet of the Nippersink Creek headwaters. The land includes a restored prairie, a remnant shagbark hickory woods, and sustainable farmland and pasture. The restored prairie contains rattlesnake master, prairie dock, wild indigo, yellow & purple cone flowers , big blue stem grass and more. The land has been put into a The Land Conservancy of McHenry County easement that includes native restoration, but allows for sustainable farming. Jim and Nan have lived on the property since 1989. Their house is constructed from a circa 1850’s post and beam dairy barn that their builder moved from Arlington, Wis. – 46′ x 36′ beams. ALL SINGLE SPAN, no joints and hand hewed.
Directions: Take Alden Rd to Rt. 173, west 1/2 mile to Oak Grove Rd., turn right, 1/2 mile to Wright Rd, turn right 1/2 mile to top of hill. Second driveway on the left. Be careful, the road is rough and sometimes washed out, and the driveway is narrow.