2011 Deerfield Bannockburn Riverwoods Community Guide


2011 Deerfield Bannockburn Riverwoods Community Guide


guide 2011

Historical Society

Deerfield Area Historical Society

The purpose of the Deerfield Area Historical Society is to preserve

the significant historical sites, buildings and artifacts of the area,

to contribute to the recorded history of Deerfield, and to promote

an understanding of the area’s history by all means and to present

programs appropriate to the purpose. Founded in 1968, the

Deerfield Area Historical Society is an organization for the whole

family. Each year the Society offers numerous activities and events

catering to variety of interests and ages.

The Society’s headquarters are located at the Historic Village, which

includes five historic buildings at the corner of Deerfield and Kipling

Roads. The Historic Village is open for tours from 2 to 4 p.m. every

Sunday from June through September. Tours for schools and other

groups may be arranged by calling the Society at 948-0680.

The centerpiece of the Historic Village is the Casper Ott Log House

built in 1837. The Ott House is the oldest standing building in Lake

County. The Society’s offices, Village Store, special historic displays

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and Deerfield’s original Post Office are located in the George Luther

House which was constructed in 1847. Nicknamed the “Little House

on the Prairie,” the 1854 Bartle Sacker Farm House is furnished with

artifacts typically used in the daily life of an active farm family.

One of the most popular buildings in the village is the Little Red

School House, a replica of a 19th Century One-Room school. Each

year fourth grade school children from District 109 step back in time

and spend a class day in the Little Red School House as part of their

local history program. The Society sponsors a History Contest for

these students and public recognition is given to all participants.

The Fall Festival is the Society’s annual Fundraiser which consists

of an afternoon of fun, food and entertainment. A crafts show,

antique car show, and demonstrations of pioneer activities, as well

as the presentation of awards for our annual Historic Restoration

Contest and the 4th Grade History Contest are presented during the

afternoon event.

The Society gratefully acknowledges the Deerfield Bannockburn

Riverwoods Chamber of Commerce and the local business and

service organizations who have so graciously supported our

ongoing restoration projects, the Fall Festival and our other special


The Society is an active and growing organization that always

welcomes new members and visitors. Membership is open to

anyone with an interest in the area’s history. Benefits include

special programs, Field Trips to historic sites, bi-annual dinners, a

subscription to the society’s newsletter and opportunities to help the

society in it’s effort to educate the public about local history.

To become a member or learn more about the Deerfield Area

Historical Society, call us at 948-0680.

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