FORGED FROM CENTURIES OF PASSION
Located on a parcel of land situated along the mighty Fox River, The Woodlands at Canterfield calls the charming village of West Dundee its home. Generations of families have tended and cared for this land, and The “Woodlands” is named as a homage to the surrounding wooded areas of the past and present. Oak, walnut and hazelnut trees flourish here and are still very much part of the landscape and the many forest preserves peppered throughout the area.
ITS PAST SHAPES US
As far back as 12,000 years, nomadic populations roamed these lands, followed by tribes of Indigenous Peoples living off the land; this area has always had a connection to the Fox River. History recounts that Indigenous Peoples and early settlers lived off of its waters for food, healing powers and replenishment, as well as traversing its mighty waters for travel and trade routes.
In 1835, Captain Thomas H. Thompson, Kane County Commissioner and the County’s first Supervisor, first occupied the land. It then led to ownership by John F. Jelke, owner of the nationally-recognized Jelke Good Luck Margarine Company, followed by the Mutual Life Company, building the Yeoman City of Childhood orphanage school, which was built on the northern portion of the property.
Finally, Edmund H. Haeger and Joseph F. Estes, of the world-renowned Haeger Potteries, purchased the property and Barbara Estes, the wife of Joseph Estes, named it Canterfield Farm. The property has remained in the Haeger-Estes family ever since.
ITS PRESENT INSPIRES US
The land, as we know it today, now features equestrian and pedestrian trails at the river’s edge, with stunning views from the bluff area and easy access to the Prairie Path Trail System, via bridges south and north of the property. Over the years, meticulous effort, time, and passion have gone into maintaining the land, including agreements with the Forest Preserve District for trail access and natural area restoration and preservation of wetlands. The Haeger-Estes’ vision for the land was, and still is, to create a sense of community, environmental harmony, and architectural style while refining the historical significance of the property.
The Woodlands at Canterfield, our brand-new senior living community, is located in the charming, historic town of West Dundee, Illinois – with panoramic views over the Fox River Valley. Our location offers residents, families, and guests beauty, opportunity, and convenience:
- Less than 1/2 mile from the I-90/Route 31 full interchange, providing easy access to O’Hare Airport
- Less than an hour from Chicago’s Loop
- Roughly an hour from Rockford
- Roughly 3 miles from Big Timber Road, a commuter railroad station
ITS FUTURE PUSHES US FORWARD
The Woodlands at Canterfield pulls from the area’s rich history to create a luxury senior living lifestyle full of passion, purpose and opportunity. We are motivated by those who came before us and are grateful to be a part of the Canterfield history, serving West Dundee and Kane County.
A LEADER IN SENIOR HOUSING
FRANCISCAN ADVISORY SERVICES, INC.
The Woodlands at Canterfield is managed by Franciscan Advisory Services, Inc., a division of Franciscan Ministries, sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago, a Midwest leader in the senior living market. Franciscan Ministries currently owns or operates communities throughout Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky.
Franciscan Ministries has been caring for generations of families for over 125 years, beginning with our Foundress, Mother Mary Theresa Dudzik, who opened the first nursing home in the city of Chicago in 1898. It’s through her compassion and kindness that we continue to honor her legacy through the work of our associates. We strive to be a place where associates want to work and we employ people who understand and embrace our vision of a high-quality senior living community.
LUXURY SENIOR LIVING IN WEST DUNDEE
SEEING IS BELIEVING
We invite you to experience The Woodlands at Canterfield for yourself! Tour our community, meet our associates and discover the extraordinary lifestyle that awaits you or someone you love!