Yesterday morning my day started bright and early! Up at 6, and ready to attend one of the best local flea markets!
It was the 50th Anniversary of the Marley Vintage Flea Market with over 100 dealers at a park!
I fell in love with this very small, quaint community!
Today I’m sharing the history and homes of Marley, and tomorrow I’ll share the flea market and my finds!
Marley was born in 1881 when the Wabash Railroad, cut through the wooded hill on the southeast corner of George Haley’s farm leaving a triangular tract of land laid out by the surveyor as the village of Maple Street. It consisted of five blocks of land with 111 lots, four streets along with five alleys by which to reach the barns.
A town of only 4 blocks, and 111 lots!
Marley became a milk-shipping station to Chicago. In 1893 the store, now owned by C. F. Haley, was moved to Maple Street and converted it to a nine-room residence. In its place he erected a new larger store with a large hall above, which provided space for all kinds of community activities. There were three public wells, and a board sidewalk between the depot and the residences. The Baptist Church was built in 1899 [now the Marley Community Church] and has remained an important asset of the community.
A serious freight derailment in 1932 damaged the station and other facilities. The railroad buildings were never rebuilt. This brought a serious slow down in population growth. Marley has never incorporated and business was gradually taken away to the communities of Mokena and New Lenox.
The town of Marley never recovered from the serious freight derailment, and currently has only 35 homes.
It was very crowed today, since there is only 1 main street that is 1 mile long, and traffic was so heavy with everyone pouring in to attend the flea market. My photos were taken driving out of town while cars behind me were “slamming” on their horns for me to get moving.
None the less I hope I’ve captured the beauty and quaintness of the homes.
This pretty farmhouse is on the main street standing tall and proud.
Another farmhouse style. I wish traffic wasn’t so busy I would of loved to have taken better photos.
The houses sat on large lots. No two homes the same.
This home was breathtakingly beautiful and large. The grounds were beautiful.
There were several farm house in Marley.
The owners of this house were sitting outside and I got to talk to them a bit. Their house was the original post office and was built in 1845. There were a friendly couple and we talked awhile about the neighborhood.
Another charming farmhouse with a beautiful lot.
Farmhouses rained in this small town.
I’ll be sharing photos of the flea market and my finds…can’t wait for you to see what I scored.
There’s also a family owned business that has a very large reputation I did not know anything about.
As most of you know I love old homes and the homes of Marley were so charming!