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River Grove Historic House & Barn

Meet us where River Grove history is housed

Can you picture it? No cell phones, and no Internet. Just a quiet prairie life in River Grove.

Well, you can certainly picture it now! Because an Italianate-style, two-story home in River Grove is now restored to look just as it did in the 1880s.

The River Grove Historical Commission has researched exactly how the original owners of this home lived.

It was originally built for Frederick Dohrmann in 1875 with a columned front porch and arched windows. Then River Forest village clerk Henry Buckman and his wife, Bertha, acquired the home in 1890, adding on two additions and building a barn on the property. The Buckman family owned the home until 1992.

The home is now a museum where you can learn all about the way people lived in River Grove in the second half of the 19th century. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.

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Free tours are provided on the first Sunday of every month from May to October (1pm to 4pm). You can also schedule a free, private tour by calling the Village of River Grove at 708-453-8000.


There is no cost to visit the River Grove Historical House and Barn, but you should schedule a tour in advance.

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The restoration of the Historical House and Barn is a passion project of the Village of River Grove in partnership with members of the River Grove Historical Commission. It will be a volunteer who guides you through the Historical House when you visit!

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Located at 8455 West Grand Avenue in River Grove, the Historical House is just a four-minute walk from the River Grove Stop on the Metra.

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