Durant House Museum
Dean St. approximately a mile west of Randall Road
St. Charles, Ill. 60175
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.
The Durant House is recognized as Kane County 's own
"Little House on the Prairie." It has programs designed to
highlight a prairie family's routines of work and play throughout
the year. Some of the highlights include Textile Day (July
14), Pickling Party (Aug. 4, 18) and Bread Butter (Sept. 1).
Private tours are available for interested groups. Check website to
confirm program status and museum driving directions.