A Part Of Crystal Lake History Since 1858
The Colonel Palmer House built in the year 1858 by a stone mason named, Andrew Jackson Simmons. The Palmers, Gustavus and Henrietta, were pioneers from Nunda, New York that traveled by covered wagon to Crystal Lake in 1842. As early pioneers to this area the Palmers purchased 80 acres of land from the Federal Government and would eventually acquire about 300 acres of property. Gustavus was a successful farmer and respected by his friends and neighbors, earning him the honorary title of “colonel”.
This 19th century Federal and Greek revival-style home is wonderfully preserved and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Colonel Palmer House has a unique partnership with the Crystal Lake Park District, the Crystal Lake Historical Society, and the City of Crystal Lake, all of these organizations work together to bring local Crystal Lake history to our community!
The Palmer House is open for tours Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and has various engaging events and programs throughout the year! If you would like to learn more about local Crystal Lake history, you can make an appointment with the Crystal Lake Historical Society to look through our archives!
History Happens Here: The Colonel Palmer House strives to present local history to a diverse range of visitors in an enjoyable and engaging manner.
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