Smeja Homestead Foundation

The mission of the Smeja Homestead Foundation is to preserve Indian Hill Manor and Farm and to support educational activities related to historic preservation, land conservation, agriculture, archeology, and the history of the Kishwaukee community.


In 2001, the five living children of Bill and Lucile Smeja formed the Smeja Homestead Foundation to preserve the manor and grounds and to promote historic preservation. The foundation’s first task was to repair and restore the manor and coach house to their original condition and to develop programs for use of the buildings and grounds.

In 2010 the foundation purchased the farm portion of the estate and began an intensive effort to stabilize and restore the barns and other buildings with the help of FFA members and other students from Stillman Valley High School.

Board of Directors of Smeja Homestead Foundation, the owners and operators of Indian Hill Manor & Farm, (l to r) Robert Smeja, Roger Hickey, Bonnie Smeja, Susan Barnes and George Stevens.

Illustration by James Knoll