Tour the Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home {Mettawa}

Recently, during  National Park Week, four new national historic landmarks were designated by the U.S. Department of the Interior.  Among them was the Adlai E Stevenson Historic Home in Mettawa.

{Image from lcfpd.org}

This historic farm was the home to Adlai E. Stevenson II, a twice-nominated Democratic candidate for the presidency and Ambassador to the United Nations.  He played a major role in Cold War Politics of the mid 20th century, including the Bay of Pigs Invasion and Cuban Missile Crisis.  The farm was his home for most of his adult life and is located in the Captain Daniel Wright Woods Forest Preserve.

Self-guided trails around the property are open daily from 6:30 am – Sunset with signage providing historical background to the site.  The landscape has been maintained to reflect a similar appearance to when Stevenson occupied the home.

On May 4th, a guided public tour will be available for adults and children ages 8 and older.  Led by the Lake County Forest Preserves Cultural Resources Staff, you will be able to explore the home and grounds of this influential American statesman who also called Lake County home.   You must register in advance for this program, either online or by calling (847) 968-3321.  Two one-hour time slots are available at 1pm and 2:30pm.

Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home Public Tours
Enter on Saint Mary’s Road between Everett Road and Route 60 in Mettawa (located in the Captain Daniel Wright Woods Forest Preserve)
Sunday, May 4, 2014, 1 pm and 2:30 pm
Adults and Children ages 8 and older
$5/$7  per Resident/Non-Resident (same price for Adults and Children)
For more information and/or to register online visit the Lake County Forest Preserve website or call (847) 968-3321.

 

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When Loralie isn’t out exploring with her two pint-sized adventurers you’ll often find her in front of her computer plotting to take over the world (or at least Lake County.) She appreciates good friends, good food, expensive shoes and parents who make two lanes in the drop-off/pick-up line at school. Her spirit animal is The Hobbit. She invites you to join her on her quest for unique distractions, diversions and deliciousness in this county we call home. She is the Features Editor and Marketing Director at Little Lake County.

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