Pumpkin Fest features peek inside historic homes
SYCAMORE – The Sycamore History Museum will feature six properties in the annual Sycamore Pumpkin Festival Historic Homes Tour on Saturday, Oct. 26. This year’s tour will celebrate some of the families that shaped Sycamore into the city it is today.
The homes on the tour include the final home of Carlos Lattin, Sycamore’s first permanent settler; the mansion of grain merchant David Syme; a historic farm home occupied by a number of local leaders; the home of department store magnate William McAllister; the Jane Fargo Hotel; and the Harold Engh farm, which now houses the history museum.
• The Lattin home, 305 Somonauk St., is owned by local potter Charlotte Burgess. Lattin was instrumental in the city’s early history and helped secure the courthouse for Sycamore. The stucco home was once divided into apartments, but the Burgess family has restored it.
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