Gifford Park Association - 36th Annual Historic Elgin House Tour

Chuch of the Brethren (map)

Each year, the House Tour features a different historic neighborhood of Elgin. In 2017 GPA will be featuring the near west side of Elgin.

The Annual Historic Elgin House Tour is an educational event that offers something for everyone. There’s architecture, history, home remodeling, interior decorating, gardening and more. The interior tours of the homes are guided and interpreted. The houses can be toured in any order. If you participate, wear comfortable shoes and allow yourself the full day to see all of the homes.

Advance Tickets are available at advance locations, by mail and online at a reduced rate of $21. Tickets are also available at registration at the Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren at 783 W. Highland Avenue.   Tickets at this location are the day of the tour only.  Registration is from 8:30 to 3:00 on Saturday with the tour going from 9:00 to 4:00. On Sunday registration will be from 9:30 to 3:00 with the tour going from 10:00 to 4:00. Advance tickets are $20 and day of the tour are $25. Twelve years and under and over 65 are $15 in advance and the day of the Tour. Cash and checks only are accepted at registration – sorry, no credit cards.

Go here to get a glimpse of the homes that will be featured this year.

2017 Cemetery Walk

Bluff City Cemetery (map)

The annual Historic Bluff City Cemetery Walk in Elgin has been a tradition since 1987. The purpose of this event is to provide insight into Elgin’s unique history and to eliminate some of the uneasiness associated with cemeteries. The Elgin Area Historical Society organizes this much anticipated event that attracts over three hundred people a year.

Visitors are generally taken on a 90 minute guided tour through the scenic Bluff City Cemetery to grave sites of former residents, portrayed by actors in period costumes.  Visitors will also learn about fascinating lives and various cemetery symbolism all while strolling the expansive cemetery grounds. Visitors to the cemetery walk are encouraged to plan for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Chairs will be available at each of the vignettes but visitors will be expected to walk and stay with their guide. Cemetery walk guides try their best to speak loudly but they do not carry any amplification equipment.

More details to be posted here: Elgin History Museum - 2017 Cemetery Walk