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Get a first-hand glimpse of Ellwood servant life

Published: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 12:00 p.m. CDT
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Will Lindgren, the gardener at Ellwood-Nehring House, is pictured about 1905. The Ellwood House Museum is offering special tours that offer visitors a glimpse of early 20th-century servant life in DeKalb's grand homes.

DeKALB – People enthralled with “Downton Abbey” are invited to a special tour of the Ellwood House Museum, 509 N. First St. in DeKalb, that will tell the story of life for servants in the grand homes of DeKalb.

On this hands-on tour, families get the chance to apply for work as Ellwood House servants and staff. As they interview for the job of cook, maid, chauffeur, gardener or nanny, visitors will be tested on their knowledge of table setting, kitchen tasks, baby care, and more. Visitors will leave with an enhanced understanding of daily life in the early 20th century, the lifestyle of working class servants, and more. Tours run at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 10. Registration is due by July 8. The cost is $5 per person, or free for children younger than 6.

This Ellwood Explorers event is partially funded by the Cy Miller Foundation. For more information contact Rebecca Nickels at 815-756-4609 or rnickels@ellwoodhouse.org.