Shabbona-Lee-Rollo museum schedules Fall House Walk

The Shabbona-Lee-Rollo Historical Museum will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a Fall House Walk from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

This year, five Shabbona homes have been chosen and represent a wide variety of architectural design.

Tickets cost $15 in advance or $18 the day of the event. Call the museum at 815-824-2597 and leave a message to buy tickets ahead of the walk.

The tour will finish with refreshments at the United Neighborhood Center, which was established in 2013 in the former Dr. Purdy Medical Clinic as a community center to serve residents in Shabbona, Waterman, Lee and surrounding communities.

The featured homes are:

202 W. Cherokee St.,
Doug and Valerie Ugent

Alex Johnson purchased the house in 2013. It is a four-bedroom, two-bath, 2,500-square-foot home with a large wraparound porch for summer shade. The yard is large enough to provide a comfortable outside entertainment area. William Swanson built the home in 1907 for Mr. Heeg, who was a mortician. At one time in the 1950s, it was made into an apartment, but is now a two-story single-family home that the Ugents enjoy.

206 N. Illini St.,
Tom and Gail Loes

The Loeses’ house was built by William Swanson in 1919. It is an American craftsman style with rough cast siding and has many Frank Lloyd Wright design motifs. Inside the home has built-in cabinetry, fireplace and craftsman-style woodwork. It has a large covered front porch with an extended roof. The family purchased the home in 1980.

104 E. Navaho St.,
LaVern and Marge Olson

In the late 1900s, the Wormley family purchased the property next to the Shabbona Congregational Church and the brick dwelling was then built in 1917 by William Swanson. The Olsons purchased the house in July 1963 and continue to live in this grand home. It has arched entries between common rooms, built-in cabinetry, handcrafted woodwork and a large covered front porch.

8908 Indian Road,
Jim and Su Cox

Surrounded by mature trees with a view of the golf course and fishing pond, this custom-built ranch home features hardwood floors and a gas fireplace in the family room with natural wood paneling. The formal living room enters into the new sun porch overlooking the 3⁄4 - acre lot. The four-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath house has 2,400 square feet and was built in 1969 by James Smalley. Jim and Su Cox purchased the home in October 2011.

908 Totem Pole Lane,
Lisa VanCleave

This home is one of the newer homes in Shabbona. The 3,000-square-foot house was built in 2004. It’s a traditional model with four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths, sitting on a large lot in the Country View Estates subdivision on the edge of town. The lower half of the basement walls are covered with logs. A fireplace is the focal point in the room. The rear of the home overlooks a large swimming pool.

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