May 7 – October 15
Wednesdays: 1 – 4
Saturdays & Sundays: 1- 4:30
June through August
Also Thursdays: 1 – 4
The Villa Museum has guided tours on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tours are approximately 45 minutes long and cover the 1st and 2nd floor of the house, highlighting the Fabyan history, the scope of the estate, and the Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. From June thru August, the Villa is open on Thursday afternoons for self-guided mystery tours, geared towards families with children. For more information and directions.
The renovated historic Japanese Garden, located just below the Villa, is open Wednesday and Sunday afternoons for strolling, with our without a self-guided brochure. Visitors are able to stroll through the Fabyan Forest Preserve, encompassing 200 acres of the Fabyan estate, and view the remnants of the elaborate estate grounds. The Fox River Trail runs along both banks in the Preserve. For more information and directions.
June 1 – August 27
Thursday and Sundays: 1 – 4 pm
The Durant House Museum is open June through August on Sundays and Thursdays. Costumed docents interpret all rooms of the house, presenting the story of the Durants and living in a pioneer house on the prairie. A visit can last from 30 minutes to 1 hour. Visitors can also stroll paths through the surrounding Preserve, visit Sholes one-room school or Creek Bend Nature Center, and have a picnic lunch in the shelter. For more information and directions.
The Beith House Museum is a restored Greek Revival home that is a preservation study house that illustrates mid-19th century decorative arts and techniques. Visitors become detectives, discovering clues and piecing together Old House Mysteries, learn about site archeology and even can try their hand at digging in the Archeology Box! It is also houses Preservation Partners offices upstairs on the second floor.
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