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  1. I don’t know the history of the barn but was wondering the same. I’ve been commuting to the Navy base off Buckley Road for the past twelve years, and for the first several years, this barn was clearly visible from 94, but at some point a bunch of buildings called “IMPACT” went up which now mostly block the barn’s message from the interstate. I thought this was tragically ironic. Yes, whatever sort of business “Impact” is, its name was effective in permanently impacting my morning commute. I still try to see the barn, and think about its message as I navigate the often stressful and aggressive experience of driving 94, but it’s hit or miss.

  2. I have seen that barn and it is one of my favorites! (Although I am a red barn person if I had to choose.)
    Thank you for the up close view! I have only had a glimpse of it while driving and have never taken the time to stop and click a pic.
    Keep the photos of beauty and wisdom coming!

  3. My son Chris offers the following background on the barn:

    Last year I (Chris) was in the Musuem dropping something off when Ms. O’Hara showed me the entire file about Scouting in Lake Bluff. From 1915 to at least the 1980’s there were about 3 troops in the Lake Bluff Area – Troop 42 (still active), Troop 45 (at Union Church) and Troop 47 (at Knollwood Fire Dept.). The Barn is actually right by the Roundout Elementary School, near the Lake Forest Oasis. Like Knollwood, I would be safe to assume Roundout is also an unincorporated area. The Roundout Cub Scout Pack there sends it’s scouts to Libertyville’s Troop once they grow out of the Cub Scout program. Considering that Scouting was once incredibly huge, it would be safe to assume that Roundout also would have had a Troop at this time, but there isn’t any evidence to confirm in at the Musem.

    In the early Scouting movements, it was actually encouraged for Troops to build their own Scouting meeting halls (a letter in the Museum shows that Troop 42 actually tried to purchase property from the Village in 1929, but to no avail). What is now the PNC Bank was actually part of a private lot where there had been at one time a meeting hall for Troop 45 in Lake Bluff. It’s now long gone. Based off of that information, here’s two theories:

    1. That barn was once the meeting hall for the Roundout Troop, which then shut down probably in the 1970’s and was sold as private property. If I remember correctly the barn itself is on private property and may be a studio of some sort.

    2. The person who owns the barn was once a Scout and placed the sign up, but considering that the barn itself is so out of place with the rest of the surrounding housing development, the first theory might be the most likely.



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