Durant House Museum

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Seasonal Description - Winter:

Closed in winter

Seasonal Description - Spring:

March-May: open only for special events.

Seasonal Description - Summer:

The Durant House is recognized as Kane County's own "Little House on the Prairie." It beckons visitors of all ages and interest to enjoy a “hands on” experience of an earlier era. We also offer special programs designed to highlight a prairie family's routines of work and play throughout the year. Some of the highlights include Making Textiles: Men and Women at work (July), Pickling Party (July or Aug.) and Making Bread & Butter (August) to name a few. Check website to confirm program status and museum driving directions.  Private tours are available for interested groups

Seasonal Description - Fall:

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. Check website for special programs. 

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.

Days/Hours: Sundays 1-4 p.m. June-October 2. Thursdays 1-4 p.m. June -August.

Admission: $2, $1 kids, suggested donation. Programs $3, $1 kids.