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Kaneville Township Historical Society to hold open house

Tours of 1840s Benton House to be given

Published: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 11:40 p.m. CDT
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The Kaneville Township Historical Society will hold its annual open house from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday. The society is celebrating the 20th anniversary of restoring the 1840s Benton House and moving it to its current location on Lovell Street in Kaneville, across the street from the Kaneville Fire Station at 46W536 Lovell St.

KANEVILLE – Those who attend Kaneville Township Historical Society's annual open house Sunday will come face to face with history.

During the open house, the Historical Society will celebrate the 20th anniversary of restoring and moving the historical 1840s Benton House from the James Farm on Harner Road to its current location on Lovell Street in Kaneville.

"It was a real community project," longtime Historical Society member Lynette Werdin said.

During the open house, people will be able to tour the Benton House and nearby Farley House from 8 a.m. to noon. The Benton House is across the street from the Kaneville Fire Station at 46W536 Lovell St. The open house coincides with the Kaneville Fire Department's pancake breakfast that day.

The Long family history also will be shared as part of the open house. The Historical Society will hold a bake sale.

According to Kane County records, the Benton House is one of the few remaining structures in the county of the 1840s period. The Benton family was one of Kane County's pioneer farm families who helped develop the architectural base of the area, records show.

Historical society member Karen Flamand helped with cleaning and painting the Benton House as part of the restoration project. Since then, she has given tours of the house to different groups, such as Cub Scouts.

"They can imagine living back then and seeing how different it was," Flamand said.

Information about Sunday's open house is available by contacting the Kaneville Township Historical Society at kanevillehistoricalsociety@gmail.com.

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