The Lake Bluff History Museum (lakebluffhistory.org) is hosting two exciting events soon:

  • Tour Crab Tree Farm Arts and Crafts Collection. September 23, 10:00 a.m. and 1 p.m., 982 Sheridan Road. Crab Tree Farm was built in 1910, after fire destroyed the original farm buildings. The buildings were designed and built, by Architect Solon Beman, as a model dairy farm for Grace Durand. Durand was a successful businesswoman who was trained in agricultural science and well known for her modern methods of dairy farming. The farm buildings have undergone extensive renovation since Durand’s time and now house the finest collection of Arts and Crafts furnishings in the country. Tickets cost $35 and can be purchased at the Museum or by mail (order form available online).

  • Camp Meetings, Chautauquas, Artists and Anarchists - Tour Historic East Lake Bluff. October 1, 1 p.m., 525 East Prospect Avenue. This docent-led tour covers much of the area developed in the late 1800s by the Camp Meeting Association and provides history on the Camp Meetings, the Chautauqua Movement, and a period in the early 1900s when Lake Bluff was a destination attracting an eclectic mix of writers, poets, musicians, artists and anarchists. Multiple tour groups leave from the Union Church, 525 East Prospect, Lake Bluff, IL, at 10 to 15 minute intervals with the first tour group leaving at 1 pm. The tour is approximately 90 minutes in length. Tickets cost $10 and can be reserved by calling (847) 482-1571 or by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..