Living history open house planned at Powers-Walker House

RINGWOOD – Step back in time to the 1850s at McHenry County Conservation District’s Living History Open House from noon to 4 p.m. April 6 at Glacial Park’s Powers-Walker House, 6201 Harts Road.

Costumed re-enactors will demonstrate seasonal activities and skills that were done in the 1850s. April’s open house will focus on the two sons from the Powers family and their contributions to the Civil War; a special presentation is scheduled at 2 p.m.

The historic farmhouse is open to the public only a handful of times each year.

“There are always changes to the house with the ongoing restoration," Gail Brown, volunteer restoration coordinator, said in a news release. “We received a grant this year from a local Questers group to finish the restoration of the winter kitchen. The plaster has been finished and the floors sanded along with outfitting the room with historical furniture and household artifacts. Come on by and see what is new … or old.”

The drop-in program is free. 

For information, call Prairieview Education Center at 815-479-5779 or www.MCCDistrict.org.

– Northwest Herald