Museum Tour of the Building and Exhibiting Areas
The Lemont Area Historical Society Museum is a fascinating place, beginning with the very limestone with which it is built. The church area remains the same as when the Methodists worshipped here over 140 years, including the beautiful stained-glass windows from the 1890's. Your guide will relate the history of this National Landmark building as you are escorted through its many exhibits. Learn about the early settlers in the area, hear stories about the colorful days when the Illinois & Michigan Canal was new and limestone quarrying was the area's biggest industry. One of the tour highlights is the lower level exhibit area that provides visitors with a flavor of what Lemont was like. Dioramas include a general store, livery stable, medical office, and schoolroom. The museum tour for Adult Groups includes the 20-minute “Marble Valley” video about limestone quarrying in the area.
Tour Length: Approximately 45 minutes for School/Youth Groups ~ Approximately 1 hour for Adult Groups
Tour Difficulty: The first floor of the building is handicapped accessible. Accessing the lower level exhibits involves 1 flight of stairs. A videotape tour of the lower level is available.