Restored depot highlights house walk
SYCAMORE – The Sycamore History Museum will present the annual Pumpkin Fest Historic Homes Tour, also known as the House Walk, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27.
This year’s theme is “Adapting Spaces.” The Old East School, St. Alban’s Cottage, the James Edmund Ellwood home, the newly-restored Chicago & Northwestern Depot and the Engh Farm will be featured.
The Old East School, 410 E. Elm St., is owned by Joe and Raechel Bassett. It served Sycamore children from 1880 until 1976, when it became a private residence. James and Margaret (Baack) Tucker were instrumental in restoring the property and remodeling it into living quarters. The original boys’ bathroom is still in the basement, and many of the original chalkboards are used as flooring. Visitors should ask about the “secret room” and catch the forbidding portrait of one of the original school masters.
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