Fabyan Villa & Japanese Garden

We at Preservation Partners invite you and your classes to visit our local historical treasures: the Fabyan Villa House Museum and the Japanese Garden! Discover the Fabyan’s unique and fascinating legacy; learn how Frank Lloyd Wright remodeled and augmented the Villa in 1907.

This spectacular two hour field trip includes a tour of the Villa, the Japanese Garden and a mini estate tour!

A DVD of the Fabyan history is available upon request for students to view prior to their visit to the Villa.

At the Villa, students will discover the Fabyan Legacy which ranges from the Colonel’s interest in Japanese culture to the fascinating code breaking that significantly impacted both World Wars. Students will even learn how to break a bi-lateral cipher code!

Students will also experience the historic 1910 Japanese Garden, a tranquil oasis where Japanese history blends with with nature right here in Illinois. They will follow and view the path from different perspectives to discover the unique features of this garden.

On the estate walk students will imagine life on the estate during the Fabyan era and they will hear stories about the Fabyan’s private zoo (alligators, monkeys, and bears…OH MY!).

 

We will work with you to create an experience that meets your students educational needs!

  • Availability:  April through November, by appointment
  • Eligibility:  Grades 4 and up
  • Length:  2 hours
  • Fee:  $4/student

Illinois Learning Standards:  STATE GOAL 16: 16A, 16A.2b, 16A.2c, 16C, 16C.2b, 16C.2c, 16E.2b
Common Core:  Students will improve and demonstrate reading, writing, listening and speaking skills while learning local history.

Please contact us for information regarding handicap accessibility.  We are eager to accommodate your needs.

Durant House

Are you looking for an interactive learning experience to augment your classroom curriculum?  Look no further……

The 1843 Durant House Museum, a prairie farmhouse, invites your class to step into the past for a unique historical opportunity.

Our program enables students to learn what they normally only read in text books, granting them an appreciation of life in a 170 year old prairie house. Students will participate in hands on activities, guided by costumed docents who bring the pioneer past to life in this nationally recognized historical site.

Visits to the 1843 Durant House Museum can be coordinated with tours of the Pioneer Sholes School, located within walking distance to the Durant House.

Sholes School, completed in 1872, is an authentically restored and furnished one room country school, used regularly as a classroom by students and teachers who want to relive a school day as it was 140 years ago.

We will work with you to create an experience that meets your students educational needs!

  • Availability:  throughout the year, by appointment
  • Eligibility:  Grades 2, 3, 4 and 5 (Preservation Partners staff will work with you to create an experience that meets your students’ educational needs.)
  • Fee:  $4 per student (includes Durant House and Sholes School);  $40.00 minimum per class
  • Length:  One hour at each site

Illinois Learning Standards:  Goals 1A, 4, 16, 17C
Common Core:  Students will improve reading, writing, listening and speaking skills while learning local history.

Durant House and/or Sholes School booking a tour sheet (PDF)

Contact:
Alice Maupin, Museum Director
Call 630-377-6424 or email duranthouse1843@yahoo.com

Please contact us for information regarding handicap accessibility.  We are eager to accommodate your needs.