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SCGA Receives DuPage County Historical Society 2014 Recognition Award
April 26, 2014
On April 26, 2014, the Salt Creek Greenway Association was recognized by the DuPage County Historical Society for our work in identifying, preserving and promoting the natural, historic, cultural and recreational resources of the Salt Creek Greenway, including the preservation of the Mayslake Peabody Estate and the Historic Fullersburg District.
The 90 acre Mayslake site and the c.1924 Mayslake Hall (Peabody Mansion) were saved from development and demolition in 1992 when the voters of DuPage County approved a $17.5 million referendum authorizing the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County to acquire the land and the historic buildings on the site. The Salt Creek Greenway Association worked as an advocate for the approval of the referendum.
This historic and scenic location along the Salt Creek Trail is a popular tourism destination visited by more than 100,000 people each year. The dam is one of the most photographed places in DuPage County as well as a favorite scene captured on canvas by local and visiting artists.
The c.1840 Ben Fuller Farmhouse, built by Benjamin Fuller, founder of Fullersburg, is believed to be the best and oldest example of balloon frame construction still remaining in northeastern Illinois. This architectural style was invented in Chicago in the early settlement days of the city ( post 1833).
The farmhouse is now owned by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. The interior of the farmhouse is being restored to serve as an Interpretive Center exhibiting displays and artifacts representing the natural and human heritage of the Fullersburg Historic District.
The DuPage County Historical Society presents special recognition certificates to recipients at an award ceremony held at the DuPage County Historical Museum in Wheaton for their significant contributions in collecting, preserving, promoting and sharing DuPage County history and for their contributions to DuPage County history.
The Salt Creek Greenway Association is proud and honored to be a recipient of a 2014 DuPage County Historical Society Recognition Award.
For more information about the DuPage County Historical Society and their historic work since 1929, visit their website at www.dupagehistory.org.
Photos: Peabody Mansion by Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Graue Mill Dam by Eric Schwister, Ben Fuller Farmhouse by Jean Follett
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