Historical Society House, Garden Walk is back
By Erin Sauder For The Courier-News June 14, 2013 11:16AM
A group of participants in the Dundee Township Historical Society House Walk enjoy a tour of the Ralph Sinclair House at 711 Liberty Street in West Dundee in 2008. The walk will resume this year after a five-year hiatus.
Updated: July 17, 2013 6:37AM
After a five year hiatus, the Dundee Township Historical Society is bringing back its popular House and Garden Walk fundraiser.
The tour had been held for several decades on a bi-annual basis but was halted due to lack of volunteers to help get it off the ground.
Marge Edwards, president of the Dundee Township Historical Society, said nearly 40 volunteers are helping to put this year’s event together.
Set from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 22, the House and Garden Walk will include self guided tours of six historic locations and three gardens in the East Dundee, West Dundee and Carpentersville area with the goal of raising public awareness of the Dundee Township Historical Society and its efforts to preserve the community.
Edwards said the tour is fun as well as a learning experience. She’s been involved with the fundraiser for nearly 30 years.
“It’s not always about the furnishings and the drapes on the windows,” she said. “We try to do some of the history of the locations also so we’re getting local history out there to the public.”
The oldest property on the tour is the Grist Mill in Carpentersville, which dates from 1845. The newest home on the tour was built in 1953. House and Garden Walk participants will receive a map that includes pictures of the properties.
“And there will be docents at each of the places on the tour,” Edwards said.
She hopes to see the community come out for the event.
“It’s our major fundraiser and something we need to do to get some funds into the museum,” she said.
The ticket price is $15. All proceeds go to the Dundee Township Historical Museum to help continue the preservation of the history of Dundee Township. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Grist Mill, 39 E. Main St., Carpentersville; the Dundee Township Historical Museum, 426 Highland Ave., in West Dundee; and Family Pride Cleaner, 537 S. Eighth St., in West Dundee. They also can be purchased on the day of at the museum.
For more information, call the museum at (847) 428-6996.