Oct. 20, 21 and 22 – Friday through Sunday
• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Autumn Drive remains a source of wonder, with pumpkins, apples, wagon rides, corn mazes AND farm animals. Artists and crafters are willing to explain and sell their creations – although they now number more than 80 rather than the four in 1987.
The stops have grown from the original eight along Garden Valley Road to 25 in a 6-square mile area. History can be found all around your travels through the show. The 1885 Perkins Hall (formally Seneca Town Hall) was the center of Franklinville when it was a stage coach stop. The McHenry County Historical Society building remains the heart of the Autumn Drive. The historical society will be selling rare historical items, fabric, hot cider and tickets for its latest raffle quilt - Threads of Friendship. In addition, other vendors on site include Recyled Madness, Glass Godess, Beads and Seeds, Auntie Q's, Ginger Blossom, Donna's Jewelry Box, Kettle Corn Cookery, Lorel's Originals and Twisted Fork & Spoon.
Also, antique farm tractors and equipment dot the properties of some of the 140-year-old farmhouses and barns.
Help mark the festival's 30th year Oct. 20-22. While it has becomeone of the largest single-weekend public events in the county,it remains a family-friendly outing for historian, families and fall devotees, alike.Autumn Drive. Visit Perkins Hall for unique local history gifts during Autumn Drive, along Garden Valley Road, southwest of Woodstock, at the southwest corner of Franklinville and Garden Valley Roads. For festival information: www.autumndrive.net.