Peabody’s tomb promises eerie education
OAK BROOK – For teenagers growing up in the late ’60s, early ’70s, it was a rite of passage in a way to sneak onto the grounds of the Mayslake Peabody Estate, find the glass coffin containing the body of Francis Stuyvesant Peabody and grow some hair on their chest.
David Rice, executive director at the Mayslake Estate, grew up in Glen Ellyn and went to high school there during a time when kids always wanted to sneak over to the estate, which was a Franciscan Monastery retreat center at the time, and see for themselves if the legend of Peabody’s tomb in the glass coffin was real.
“As far as we can tell, and we’ve done a great deal of research, as with most legends, it was based on a couple kernels of fact that got pushed together, twisted around and exaggerated,” Rice said.
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