CAMPTON HILLS – The Skyline Council of Landmarks Illinois is partnering with Campton Township to host the Whitney Schoolhouse Celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 20 on the grounds of the historic, 1852 Whitney Schoolhouse, 40W011 Burlington Road, Campton Hills, the agency announced in a news release.
The event allows community members to see the second-oldest, one-room schoolhouse in northeastern Illinois and tour other historic sites on the Daniel Whitney Residence and Farmstead, located at the intersection of Old Burlington and Wasco roads.
Pioneer activities, live music by Matthew Janecek & The Western Sage and food for purchase will be available from The Lodge on 64.
The Skyline Council has been working to restore the pre-Civil War Whitney Schoolhouse for the last four years.
For a time, the council was working to move the schoolhouse to a new location to ensure its preservation.
However, Campton Township is acquiring the 6.1-acre farmstead where the historic schoolhouse is located from previous property owners Karen and Art Gustafson. The Gustafsons owned it for over 50 years.
The Whitney family owned the property until 1934.
The township’s acquisition means the historic Whitney Schoolhouse, as well as other historic structures on the land, including the Daniel Whitney residence and agricultural outbuildings, will be preserved, the release stated.
Erica Ruggiero, a member of the Skyline Council who has led the schoolhouse restoration project, stated in the release the 170th anniversary of the opening of the schoolhouse is an “exciting opportunity to preserve the schoolhouse in its original location.”
“Our work also protects the architectural legacy of the Whitney Family, the heritage of historic Wasco and the native landscapes of Campton Township, and Illinois,” Ruggiero stated in the release.
To date, the Skyline Council and Campton Township raised over $130,000 in pro-bono services, donated supplies and grants to complete investigative work, clean-up, structural repairs, a new foundation and other restoration work for the schoolhouse.
Skyline Council is continuing to take donations to help with the exterior restoration of Whitney Schoolhouse, the release stated.
More information about the Skyline Council of Landmarks Illinois and Campton Township’s partnership to preserve the Whitney Schoolhouse by visiting www.landmarks.org.