Cornelius Flagg Farmstead, Sherman

Flagg Farmstead, 2013 (SCHS photo)                                                  Flagg Farmstead, 2013 (SCHS photo)

The Flagg Farmstead , 500 Old Tipton Road in Sherman (just north of The Rail Golf Course), is an Italianate mansion built in 1871 by Cornelius Flagg, one of Sherman’s founders.

Cornelius_FlaggFlagg (1831-1902) also had extensive farm and lumber holdings and sold wooden ties to multiple railroads as the industry grew.

“He came to the county a poor boy, but by his own exertions has accumulated a fine property, and has one of the finest residences and best barns in the county,” reported the 1881 History of Sangamon County.

The farmstead, which as of 2013 was a bed and breakfast inn,  is on the National Register of Historic Places. A 20-minute video focusing on the farmstead and its history is available on YouTube.bridge

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