Posted by: sycamorechamberofcommerce | September 20, 2018

2018 Sycamore Pumpkin Fest Historic Homes Tour

On Thursday, October 4, the DeKalb County History Center will sponsor a special sneak preview of this year’s Pumpkin Fest Historic Homes Tour, featuring noted local historian, Steve Bigolin and Event Chair Jayne Higgins. They will feature an inside look into the people and the properties that will be showcased on this year’s tour.
The theme of the 2018 Pumpkin Fest Historic Homes Tour is “Built in Brick.” As Sycamore was home to several important brickyards on Brickville Road and several builders who specialized in brick work, we want to feature this impressive and substantial building material on this year’s tour.

This year’s tour, on Saturday, October 27th from 10 am to 5 pm, will include homes at 413 Somonauk, 519 S. Main, and 630 W. State St. Also, since the DeKalb County Community Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and the historic C&NW Depot in which it is housed is magnificently built in brick, we’ll feature that location as our centerpiece. Tour participants will also get a firsthand view of the exciting new building and expansion going on at our 1730 N. Main locations..

Bigolin has been involved in local historic tours for many years and has helped put our Pumpkin Fest event together for several years. He is also an avid collector of pictures and artifacts from historic properties around the county, so he will give an “insider’s” view of the featured locations. Higgins was on the original committee that put the event together for the Friends of the Sycamore Library and has chaired the event since the SHM, now DCHC, took over 6 years ago.

Event tickets will be available at the DCHC, Sweet Earth Gifts, and the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce beginning October 15 or at any location the day of the event. In addition, a volunteer training will be held at SHM on October 20th at 10:00 for anyone interested in helping with tours and earning a free ticket. Please call the museum in advance to volunteer. The House Walk is on Saturday, October 28 from 10:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.

The Brown Bag Lunch/Local Lore program takes place on the first Thursday of every month at noon and is hosted by the DCHC and Ellwood House Museum. The program is free and open to the public, and donations are welcome. Coffee and cookies are provided. For more information, call 815-895-5762, visit, or like us on Facebook. .

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