Step Back in Time at a Museum Near Vernon Hills

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Are you looking for something different to do? Then enjoy a journey back in time at a nearby museum.

You’ll learn more about the area’s storied history and discover how some of the towns went from rural farming communities to thriving suburban cities. 

Museums include:

Grayslake Historical Society & Museum

The Grayslake Historical Society preserves Grayslake’s pioneering history. The museum features permanent exhibits, including the Esper A. Peterson Gallery. This fascinating display tells how the village’s prairies and lakes drew pioneering farmers. It’s found inside a former one-room schoolhouse, and also highlights the establishment of schools and railroads. 

Lake Bluff History Museum

When two teachers from the Lake Bluff School District had an idea to improve the social studies curriculum, the Lake Bluff History Museum was born. Residents donated old pictures and artifacts, which were housed in two classrooms. The collection continued to grow over 12 years, and today, the museum has its own space. The fascinating exhibits trace Lake Bluff’s evolution from a rural farming community to a summer resort.

One of the displays includes Fire Department. It highlights the founding of the city’s volunteer fire department. In the early days, the firemen were called to a scene by the ringing of a tower bell. The men were known as “Fire Laddies,” and they used simple horse-drawn equipment. 

Wilmette Historical Museum

The Wilmette Historical Museum began from humble beginnings in 1951. Staffed by volunteers, it only opened on the first Sunday of every month. The museum calls a historic two-story, late Victorian building home, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.

The collection is quite extensive, and the exhibits showcase the city’s storied history. Don’t miss Wilmette in Photography: 1850 to 1950. On view through July 2020, it features glass photographic plates and tintypes, along with rarely seen photographs that demonstrate the development in camera technology. 

These are just a few of the cultural attractions near The Mil’ton. If you’re searching for a place to call home, please contact us. We would love for you to see firsthand all our vibrant community has to offer. 

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