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Family Fun

Tavern Day to present pioneer life at Stacy's Tavern Museum

GLEN ELLYN – Those who attend the annual Tavern Day on Sept. 24 at the historic Stacy's Tavern Museum in Glen Ellyn will discover what life was like in the 1840s.

Glen Ellyn Historical Society Board of Directors President Suzanne Carty has been part of the event for the past several years, and she will be giving visitors a history of Stacy's Tavern in her role as a docent there.

"I think it's great to have families and kids come and learn about history because I think it's important that they realize where we all came from and what people sacrificed to be here," Carty said. "It's a fun way of getting people involved in history, I think."

The tavern, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built by Moses Stacy and his wife, Joanna, in 1846. The construction was mainly wood on a foundation of native boulders. 

Tavern Day will be from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at Stacy's Tavern Museum, 800 N. Main St. Along with tours of Stacy's Tavern, the event also will feature farm animals, a beekeeper, strolling musicians, a blacksmith, rope- and candle-making, corn husk doll-creating, an 1840s school in an outdoor classroom and other pioneer activities.

"This year, we have a new demonstrator, Bill Morse, from Elgin, and he will be demonstrating chair caning," Carty said. "There's also a woman, Ginny Henson, and she's a folk artist and antique collector. And what she does is make reproductions of stuffed animals using antique fabrics."

In addition, a museum studies club from Aurora University will do an exploratory dig on a section of the tavern property that day, Carty said.

"This is not a full-blown architectural dig, but they are going to do an exploratory dig to see if there might be anything there," she said.

The cost for Tavern Day is $8 for adults, $6 for Glen Ellyn Historical Society members, $4 for children 3 to 17 and $3 for children of society members. Children younger than 3 get in free. Tickets can be purchased at Stacy's Corners Store or at the gate.

The day before, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 23, visitors can tour the museum for free as part of Museum Day Live!, a nationwide event where participating museums and cultural institutions across the country offer free admission to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket. Tickets can be downloaded at

Carty noted that part of the Historical Society's mission is to share history.

"Part of our mission is to collect things about the history of this area, but also to educate and share those things as well," she said.


If you go

WHAT: Glen Ellyn Historical Society's Tavern Day

WHEN: 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 24

WHERE: Stacy's Tavern Museum, 800 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn

COST: $8 for adults, $6 for Glen Ellyn Historical Society members, $4 for children 3 to 17 and $3 for children of society members; children younger than 3 are free


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