A Brief History of the 1850 Beith House Museum

William Beith, a prominent Kane County stone mason, built

his elegant Greek Revival -style home on the banks of the

Fox River in St. Charles in 1850. Today, it stands as one of

the few surviving examples of riverstone architecture in this

area that has not been significantly altered.


The Beith House was rescued from years of neglect in 1980

and authentically restored to operate as a Preservation

Study House, illustrating mid-19th-Century decorative arts,

as well as the both interior and exterior restoration

and conservation techniques. The outdoor Archeology

Box, architecture gallery, games, and "old house mysteries"

are just a few of Beith House's many features. Our exhibits

and programs are designed for persons of all ages.


Today the handsome limestone building serves as

the headquarters for Preservation Partners, housing

the Preservation Resource Library upstairs and

multiple permanent and revolving exhibits on the first floor.



Public Hours

Get your hands on history!

June 1 to August 31

Tuesdays 1 - 4 PM

Suggested donation: $1 per person, $3 per family

Visitors are also welcome whenever office personnel is on site.

For more information,

call (630) 377-6424 or email: info@ppfv.org



School Tours

  • April through November, by appointment.
  • Hands-on, curriculum-based tours
  • Fee: $2 per student


Group or private tours

  • Available throughout the year, by appointment
  • Customized to your party's interests

   For more infomration or to schedule your tour,

call (630) 377-6424 or email: info@ppfv.org

***For information on the benefits of P.P.F.V. membership click here

Preservation Resource Library

Located on the 2nd floor of the Beith House, this library provides a wealth of references on local history, architecture, gardening, restoration, preservation, and interior decor. Open to the public from 9:30a.m.- 3p.m. weekdays, or by appointment.

Now featuring the Institure of Museum and Library Science's latest publications- a result of the Connecting to Collections grant.


The Beith House is located on its original site, at

8 Indiana Street in downtown St. Charles, IL.

click for directions


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P.O. Box 903  |   St. Charles, IL 60174   |   Telephone: 630-377-6424  |   Facsimile: 630-377-6424   |   info@PPFV.org
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