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History and Architecture of 1848 Home Featured at Museum on Main on October 14

The varied architecture of old homes in Tiskilwa has long fascinated visitors. In a program on Monday, October 14, Jeremy Gassen of the Tiskilwa Inn will share a look at the history, architectural details, and restoration of the structure that houses the Inn. The evening begins at 7:00 p.m. at Tiskilwa’s Museum on Main.

In its early years, this stately home was known as the Kellogg House, named for the family who lived there for over 45 years. Now the Tiskilwa Inn, the house was built in 1848 by John Stevens whose granddaughter, Florence Sawyer Kellogg, later inherited it. More recently, this same structure at 155 High Street housed the Country Lane Antiques, owned and operated by Bud and Cherry Ann Rosenquist for many years.

Recently restored, the 1848 structure that is now the Tiskilwa Inn will be featured on October 14 at 7:00 p.m. Jeremy Gassen will present a PowerPoint program detailing the history and displaying special architectural features of this gracious old home.

This house is one of seven homes in Tiskilwa and vicinity recognized in an Illinois Historic Structures 1975 survey as having special interest because of aesthetic or technological significance.

In future events, Mike Johnson of Princeton will be featured in the society’s annual Salute to Veterans on Monday, November 11. His program will focus on local World War I participation as well as America’s effort to rebuild Europe in the war’s aftermath. Immediately prior to the program, the historical society will hold its official Grand Opening of the recently completed Gallery on Galena, the northerly annex to Museum on Main.

All historical society programs are free of charge and open to the public. Members provide refreshments in the galleries following the program.

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