A trip through the past at Rexroat Prairie
Prairie State Outdoors
At the intersection of County Road 10 and Illinois 78 in Virginia sits Rexroat Prairie, a postcard out of the past with tall grass prairie, split-rail fence and three pioneer cabins.
The prairie is named in honor of Rollo Rexroat who operated a grocery store in Virginia. Rexroat was a self-taught botanist who liked to collect plants.
On Friday, many of the wildflowers still were in full bloom. Large masses of wild bergamot were found around the edges.
Here’s a photo tour:
A red-winged blackbird clings to the stalk of prairie dock.
Wild bergamot flowers in profusion at Rexroat Prairie.
Log cabins can be seen beyond the prairie.
A rocking chair on a porch sheltered by vines looked inviting on a hot afternoon.
Spikes of blazing star add a dash of purple to the green and yellow-dominated prairie.
Split-rail fences frame the prairie.