As the weather warms up, families are finding themselves spending more time outdoors. The Kane County Forest Preserve offers families many of free and fun activities to enjoy this summer.
The Fabyan Windmill: The 68 foot historic windmill is located on the west side of Route 25 in the Fabyan Forest Preserve. Originally built by Louis Blackhaus somewhere between 1850 and 1860, the windmill was originally located on a site along York Road in Oakbrook. The windmill was purchased in 1914 fir $8,000 by Colonel George Fabyan and moved to his estate known as Riverbank-now known as the Fabyan Forest Preserve. Volunteer millers began training and running the mill over the last year. Tours are now offered Saturdays and Sundays May 15- October 15th from 1 to 4 pm and by group appointment. For more information visit the Forest Preserve Website at www.kanforest.com or call 630-232-5980.
The Durant House Museum: The Durant House Museum is located at Leroy Oaks Forest Preserve. The museum is a 1843 brick farmstead that was built in a simple Greek revival style. The house has since been restored and serves as a museum to the 1840’s way of life. The museum will be opening for tours beginning June 14th. Hours are: June 14th to October 4: Sundays from 1-4 and June 18th to August 20th: Thursdays from 1-4. Private and group tours are available by calling 630-377-6424
The Great Western Trail: Gear up for a full day of biking, dog walking or even horseback riding along The Great Western Trail. The trail is 14 miles of an abandoned railway that stretches from St. Charles to the Dekalb County line. The trail is approximately 17 miles from the trail head to Sycamore and is made of smooth limestone to allow for biking. There is an area for horseback riding, along the trail that is adjacent to The Great Western Trail. Call 630-232-5980 for trail closings and other information