Haight Village Historic Home Tour: Discover a Rockford treasure

The Haight Village Historic Home Tour of 2006 will be Sept. 9 and 10. This year’s tour features six homes in Rockford’s only residential National Register Historic District. The homes have completion dates ranging from 1843 to 1910. Architectural styles include Craftsman, Gothic Revival, Italianate, and Queen Anne. The tour also includes the “Daffodil Cottage,” home of Rockford’s first mayor, Willard Wheeler, elected in 1852.

The Rockford Mass Transit District Trolley, circulating from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. both days, offers visitors a relaxing tour of the Village with on-board storytellers, sharing anecdotes of the area’s early settlers and histories of many Village homes. Tour guides include Alderman Doug Mark and village residents, Karen Szymaszek, Jeanne Ludeke, and Jay Wilfong.

Advance tickets are on sale from now until Sept. 1, 2006 for $12 per person. Tickets may be purchased using the order form on the web site: www.haightvillage.org. Make checks payable to “Haight Village” and mail with completed order form to: Home Tour, 307 South Third St., Rockford, IL 61104.

Tickets will also be available for $15 at the Haight Village ticket tent, 307 South Third St. on the days of the event. The tours take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9 and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10.

All tickets will be available the days of the event as a collectable brochure at the ticket tent. Any further inquiries concerning the tour may be directed to Janet Hill at (815) 963-0490 or via e-mail at hometour@haightvillage.org.

From the Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2006, issue

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