Although it existed as a private estate for many years prior, the story of Allerton Park as we know it began in 1946. That year, Robert Allerton generously donated his home and surrounding property to the University of Illinois. For the first time, the public was welcome to visit this vast, unforgettable landscape, and the story of Allerton Park and Retreat Center began….
But the story of this place – the story of Allerton – is really the story of you. Your memories and experiences. Whether it brings a wave of nostalgia, or the feeling of wonder from recently discovering it. Whether you’ve been visiting since the 2020 pandemic, or long before you can remember. Maybe you found refuge wandering the woods as a student. Or, perhaps you traveled across the world to attend a conference in this little-known Midwestern town. Did the fu dogs look on as you recited wedding vows? Maybe, it’s just always been a favorite place to visit.
Since 1946, Allerton has seen a lot.
Since 1946, Allerton has been invoking questions.
Since 1946, Allerton has encouraged exploration, inspired change, and instilled inner peace.
As we celebrate our 75th anniversary, help us tell our story by sharing your story. Help us remember our past, and perhaps more importantly — inspire our future.
When did your story begin? Who helped write your chapters? Did the plot change as you bookmarked your place over the years? Start by telling us: “Since When?”
Share your story here.
Visit the Since 1946 Story Scrapbook here.