Homing pigeons have long played an important role in war. Due to their homing ability, speed and altitude, they were often used as military messengers. In fact, one of Nelle Fabyan’s hobbies was raising homing pigeons for use in WWI!
Please join Harry Stewart, a member of the American Racing Pigeon Union, as he shares his expertise on how pigeons were trained to deliver messages, how homing pigeons find their way home, the Pigeon Hall of Fame, and more. Mr. Stewart will bring some of his exhibition cages, pigeons, signal deciphers and handouts for adults and kids. Weather permitting there will be a Pigeon Release at the end of the program!
Sunday, July 28
Fabyan Forest Preserve
1925 S. Batavia Ave. (Rt. 31)
$5 adults (cash only)
Free for kids 7 and under
Some of the activities include pioneer games (bucket racing), cooking johnnycakes in a spider pan, chores on the farm and more.
Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley is proud to be partnering with the Farmer Chef Alliance to bring you a farm-to-table meal on the lawn of the historic Durant House Museum! The event will feature great food, fun, and music in a bucolic setting.
LEARN MORE HERE: https://www.ppfv.org/farmtotable-2019
We're all familiar with and love our public parks, but there's more history to them than we might know. Come learn with us!
Say “Cheers!” to Preservation and the City of Batavia and explore some of the city’s most historic pubs and bars. This self-guided tour includes stops at pubs distinctive for their history, architecture, and spirits, as well as sites that represent some of Batavia’s most important history. The event is a FUNdraiser for Preservation Partners and includes a souvenir bag, booklet providing history of the community and pubs, and the satisfaction of supporting heritage education and historic preservation in the Tri-Cities.
Tickets are $20 each. Drinks are not included in the ticket price, but each pub stop will have a drink special available only to pub crawlers.
Click here to purchase tickets!
Please join us for our annual Star Award Dinner!
Please join Preservation Partners for an exciting symposium where we learn about creative uses for our old buildings. Attendees will leave inspired to think outside-the-box when leveraging the historic places in their communities.
Take a step or two back in time this February as the Durant House Museum will host Fireside Frolic, a sure way to beat cabin fever.
The museum will provide a glimpse of what winter life was like at the 1843 homestead. Authentically costumed docents will offer guided tours, invite guest to the hearth’s warm glow, you can participate in some parlor pastimes and enjoy some pioneer hospitality.
The Durant House Museum is located in LeRoy Oakes Forest Pres
Join us at the Fabyan Villa, weather permitting, Sunday February 17th for Midwinter Mysteries.
The Villa will be open to explore. You'll get a behind-the-scenes peek at our running Inventory project, observing artifacts that haven't been on display in nearly a hundred years. Enjoy the eclectic collections of Colonel Fabyan and his wife Nelle and see their taxidermy animals, samurai suit, and resident mummy.