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posted: 10/7/2013 2:57 PM

Tour 1850s house by candlelight at Glacial Park

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Submitted by McHenry County Conservation District

Step back in time and enjoy the twilight ambience of the 1850s Powers-Walker House lit only by candlelight and lamplight at McHenry County Conservation District's "Living History Open House" from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 at Glacial Park, Route 31 and Harts Riad, Ringwood.

You often think of candlelight as romantic, however in the 1850s it was a necessity to get the evening's chores done. Stop by and see just how much light the candles and lamplight provide; is it enough to read by, do mending or even leatherwork?

Weather permitting, enjoy time around the campfire while volunteers in historical attire demonstrate the last of a day's labor, help answer questions and offer tours of the ongoing restoration of this Greek revival house. Follow the aromas back to the kitchen and see what is being baked in the wood-burning stove.

Admission is free; drop in anytime. For more information call Prairieview Education Center at (815) 479-5779 or visit