Ellwood House to hold festival

By Maureen Morrissey

Live music, arts and crafts, food, a used book sale and student discounts will be presented Sunday at the Ellwood House Fall Festival.

The festival will take place from noon to 5 p.m.

Gerald Brauer, museum director, expects 500-600 people to come to this “old time harvest festival and market”.

Entertainment for the afternoon will be provided by Gurler House Stompers, a local Dixieland band.

Vendors from throughout DeKalb county will be presenting their wares. Booths will be selling items such as: sheepskin products, woolen wares, woodcrafts, and handcrafted jewerly.

The museum will be selling food and refreshments during the day. Beef barbeque, cider, and doughnuts will be available for purchase. Other food booths will have candy apples and baked goods.

Bags of apples, pumpkins, and Indian corn also will be available to festival-goers.

The American Association of University Women will have several tables of used books for sale. Brauer said prices will range from 25 cents for paperbacks to $1 for hard covers.

Admission is free to the festival and museum tours will be led for the cost of $3. NIU students with ID will receive a $1 discount on the tour.

The Ellwood House is a public museum opened in 1967 by the DeKalb Park District.

This historic house museum was the residence of Issac Ellwood, a principle barbed wire manufactuer. Ellwood made more than $30 million manufacturing the Glidden wire, of which he held 50 percent interest.

Ellwood died in 1910, and from that time until 1965 the family kept the house and nine acre park a residence. In 1965 it was donated to the DeKalb Park District. The park district opened the house in 1967 as a museum after completing minor renovations.