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Are you looking for a unique and quiet place to stay? Built in 1848, The Tiskilwa Inn is the second oldest structure in town. The home was built by John Stevens for his daughter, Louisa, and her husband, Edward Sawyer, as a wedding gift. Today, the Italianate-style home is a popular destination for those wanting to escape the city life for a quaint and quiet lifestyle. (Photo contributed)

A hidden gem within the valley

The Tiskilwa Inn offers a quiet escape from busy 21st-century life Story by Goldie Rapp Photos by Scott Anderson

TISKILWA — Nestled in the Gem of the Valley sits The Tiskilwa Inn. This cozy, historic bed and breakfast is a destination for folks searching for a quiet escape from the city. The Italianate-style manor was built in 1848 as a wedding gift from John Stevens to his daughter, Louisa, and her new husband, Edward Sawyer. Every brick used in the construction of the home was made locally in Mr. Stevens’ brickyard. Today, the home is one of the oldest still standing in Tiskilwa, population 778. It is one of seven homes in the vicinity recognized in the 1975 Illinois Historic Structures Survey as places of “special interest because of their aesthetic, architectural and technological significance.” Continued on page 11 10 — Spring 2020

Jeremy Gassen, co-owner of The Tiskilwa Inn in Tiskilwa, browses through books in the library at the inn. Ric and Jeremy Gassen opened the 1848 Italianate-style manor house in 2018. Living magazine

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