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Living History

LaSalle County is filled with rich history! From the Native American tribes that traded near Starved Rock, to the legendary civil engineering project that was the I&M Canal, to the famed first Lincoln-Douglas Debate, history comes alive in this stretch of North-Central Illinois. To soak in some of these fascinating historical stories, pay a visit to this trio of grand gardens and historic mansions!


1503 Baker St, Streator, IL 61364 www.WeberHouseAndGarden.com Streator’s Ted Weber, formerly a nationally-syndicated radio interviewer, began renovating his historic childhood home in 1983. The house now sports beautifully decorated rooms, each one reflecting a different period of design, and a meticulouslymanicured English-style garden. This unique blend of architecture, horticulture, interior design and broadcast history is open for tours seven days a week, April – October.


1307 7th Street • LaSalle 815-224-6543 • www.hegelercarus.org Designed by W. W. Boyington, the famed Chicago Water Tower architect, LaSalle’s Hegeler Carus Mansion has remained virtually unaltered since it’s completion in 1876. This 16,000-sq. foot mansion features 56 rooms spread across 7 levels. The interior is just as stunning as the exterior, with its intricate parquet floors and hand-painted ceilings. This National Landmark is open for tours Wed. - Sun, year-round. Hegeler Carus Mansion

Reddick Mansion

100 W. Lafayette Street • Ottawa 815-433-6100 www.reddickmansion.org The Reddick Mansion, a wonderfully unique landmark, stands at the corners of Columbus and Lafayette streets in Ottawa, overlooking the Lincoln Douglas

Debate Site. This 150+ year old, 22-room, Italianate mansion has been meticulously restored to the 19th century, after decades of being used as the town’s public library. Now, the mansion is open year-round for tours, Fri. – Mon.

The beautiful and historic Reddick Mansion anchors Ottawa’s Washington Square, the site of the first Lincoln-Douglas debate.

This ornate 22-room mansion is open for tours Friday through Monday. Call for times and details.

100 W. Lafayette Street | Ottawa 815-433-6100 | ReddickMansion.org

Museum Open Friday- Sunday 12-4pm Wild Bill Days- May 28-29

Canal Market 10am-4pm Antiques, Handmade, Homemade, and Vintage Every Sunday and Select Saturdays Memorial Day-September 52nd Annual Burgoo October 8-9, 2022