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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup

Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup
5257 Old Route 66
Shirley, IL 61772
(309) 874-3360

In 1824, Isaac Funk, the founder of what would become Funks Grove made maple sirup along with his sons. About 1860, his son Isaac II took over sirup production and in 1891, his son Arthur opened the first commercial sirup farm at Funks Grove selling one gallon of sirup for one dollar. The I-55 rest area is where the original cooking house stood.

In the 1920's, Hazel Funk Holmes, Isaac II's niece took over the family business moving the cooking house to its present location. She rented the property to tenants who would farm and make the maple sirup. Hazel had the land and timber protected so that future generations could enjoy maple sirup. Hazel also wished the spelling to remain sirup.

Because of heavy sugar taxes during World War II, production of sirup was stopped. Production began again in 1943. Stephen Funk took over sirup production in 1947.

In the 1970's, Interstate 55 was planned to be routed through part of the grove. The interstate was rerouted though petitions and the grove was saved.

With the current interest in Route 66, the business has thrived and the product line has expanded. Funks Grove is a "must see" when traveling old Route 66.

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