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Public tours of Dunham Castle give glimpses of old glory

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Catherine Forrest of South Elgin photographs the interior of the reception hall at Dunham Castle in Wayne on Saturday.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

The reception hall of Dunham Castle in Wayne, where the wall is covered by fabric instead of wallpaper. The fabric is tattered in some areas. The castle is open for tours this weekend and ticket sales will benefit the Little Home Church by the Wayside in Wayne.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

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Dunham Castle in Wayne is open for tours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Visitors to Dunham Castle in Wayne peek out windows on the second floor on Saturday. All proceeds of this weekend's tours will benefit the Little Home Church by the Wayside in Wayne.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Christina Beasley of Wayne walks through the reception hall of Dunham Castle in Wayne on Saturday. Tours continue 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.

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Wandering through rooms of Dunham Castle in Wayne, it's easy to imagine its long gone glory days, elegant soirees with ladies in gloves and men in long coat tails. Visitors can take a rare tour this weekend of the historic Wayne building. "I love it. It's absolutely gorgeous," visitor Catherine Forrest said. Still, it broke her heart to see its poor condition, she added.
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    • Catherine Forrest of South Elgin photographs the interior of the reception hall at Dunham Castle in Wayne on Saturday.
    • The reception hall of Dunham Castle in Wayne, where the wall is covered by fabric instead of wallpaper. The fabric is tattered in some areas. The castle is open for tours this weekend and ticket sales will benefit the Little Home Church by the Wayside in Wayne.
    • Dunham Castle in Wayne is open for tours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.
    • Visitors to Dunham Castle in Wayne peek out windows on the second floor on Saturday. All proceeds of this weekend’s tours will benefit the Little Home Church by the Wayside in Wayne.
    • Christina Beasley of Wayne walks through the reception hall of Dunham Castle in Wayne on Saturday. Tours continue 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.
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