Durant House Museum
Dean St. approximately a mile west of Randall Road
St. Charles, Ill.
Cost: $2, $1 kids, suggested donation
Hours: June-August: 1-4 p.m. Sunday and Thursday. September-October: 1-4 p.m. Sunday
In 1837, Bryant Durant moved to northern Illinois from Massachusetts. Shortly thereafter, Bryant took a bride, Jerusha Shurtleff. The couple built this modest prairie farmstead in 1843. After decades of neglect, it was rescued in the early 1970's by visionary members of a local Questers antique study group who recognized its value as a vital link to our common heritage. Today the Durant House is fondly recognized as Kane County's own "Little House on the Prairie." The Durant House Museum functions as a "house for all seasons," with special programs designed to highlight a prairie family's routines of work and play throughout the year. Each season exerts its unique charm, with heirloom apples offered in October, and the comforting aromas of hearth cooking a February attraction. Costumed docents and Prairie Children interpret our rich heritage in this lovingly restored prairie house and enliven the atmosphere at all Durant House events making the Museum a Must-See.The Museum beckons visitors of all ages and interests to enjoy a delightful "hands-on" experience. Expert staff and costumed docents reveal the reality of 1840's prairie life.
Closed in winter