Summer at Naper Settlement Museum Village

Enjoy hands-on activities and special demonstrations all summer long as Naper Settlement celebrates “Summer at the Settlement” at its historic museum village, located at 523 S. Webster St. in Naperville. Ongoing activities include the popular geocache medallion hunt, bucket brigade, yoke and bucket carrying, flag-raising at Fort Payne, grinding corn, making butter and many more activities.

Throughout August, Settlement Sundays feature free do-it-yourself ice cream sundaes and special activities including Discover the Dollar Day on Aug. 8. National S’Mores Day will be celebrated on Tuesday, Aug. 10, when Naper Settlement will be open until 8 p.m. and there will be special evening tours of the buildings. Pack a picnic, make s’mores around a campfire and hear renowned storyteller Jim May tell stories about growing up in rural Illinois.

Other events in August include Lincoln Penny Day on Aug. 4 and National Potato Day on Aug. 19, with games and activities, including potato sack races, the hot potato game and the Mr. Potato Head game.

History comes to life at Naper Settlement, an outdoor museum village, located in downtown Naperville at 523 S. Webster St. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, Naper Settlement has 30 historic structures ranging from a rustic log cabin to an elegant Victorian mansion, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. During the summer months of April through October, hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $9 adults, $8 seniors 62+ and $6.50 youth 4-17. For more information, visit www.napersettlement.museum or call (630) 420-6010.

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