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Colonel Palmer House hosts free summer Sundays

Upcoming events set for July 15, Aug. 12

The Summer Sundays series at Colonel Palmer House continues in July and August. Each Summer Sunday is from 1 to 4 p.m. on the lawn of the Colonel Palmer House.

The house will be open for tours during each event. This event will be rain or shine.  

The Colonel Palmer House, 660 E. Terra Cotta Road, was built in 1858 by settlers Gustavus and Henrietta Palmer. The home was entered in the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

The home is maintained by the Crystal Lake Park District and home to the Crystal Lake Historical Society.  

Events include:

1838: A Family is Rooted: Visit an era of pioneers and settlers as McHenry County changes from a rugged frontier into a rapidly growing cluster of farms and villages. Experience life on the trail inside a covered wagon and see what the settlers found in this new land. What did they bring for the journey? What did they eat on the trail? Meet some of our earliest settlers. Where did they come from? What legacy did they leave? The event will be Sunday.

1818: A Frontier is Forged: When the state of Illinois was established
200 years ago, what is now McHenry County was unchartered and was inhabited primarily by Native Americans, trappers and traders.

Join us on a trip from Kaskaskia to Lake Michigan as we follow the rivers in the footsteps of early explorers and adventurers.

Collect treasures along the route and match wits with the brave settlers. Learn about famous Illinoisans, discoveries and inventions that were made in Illinois. Presented in cooperation with the Crystal Lake Public Library. The event will be Aug. 12.

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