In 1837, Bryant Durant moved from Massachusetts to northern Illinois. The prairie farmhouse was constructed just prior to his marriage to Jerusha Shurtleff in 1843. The Durants had six children, all of whom were born and raised in the little brick house.
In the 1880’s Godfrey and Christina Peterson purchased the property, and they added a modern Victorien kitchen to the house. The addition is still present and is interpreted as part of the tour. They also had six children.
The Durant-Peterson House was rescued in the early 1970 after decades of neglect. Visionary members of a local Questers antique study group recognized the homestead’s value as a vital part of our shared history and completed an authentic restoration in the mid-70s.
Today, the Durant House is recognized as Kane County’s own “Little House on the Prairie.” The Museum can be enjoyed in all the seasons, with special programs throughout the year designed to highlight a prairie family’s routines of work and play. A visit to the house offers a unique history experience. Costumed docents bring the past to life interpreting the prairie pioneer experience in this nationally recognized historic site. The Durant House Museum beckons visitors of all ages to come enjoy a trip back in time.