Verdurette House Trust

Verdurette House Trust Historic preservation of the Verdurette House located near New Boston Illinois

Mr. William (Bill) A. Willits passed away June 6th, 2015. He set up a 501(c)3 for the purpose of preserving the historical mansion and surrounding structures. There is currently an effort underway to place this on the National Register of Historic Places. There has been approval from the State Board to recommend its' listing. Also planned, is some construction in the coming months and years to restore the house in hopes to open it up for viewing, education, and events. Much more to come - this will take some time.

Mission: Historic Preservation and Education


Merry Christmas to you all.


It is so nice to see all of the interest in this property. We are noticing a lot of traffic stopping by to take photos. While we encourage this, we also ask you to respect the property, and not to go past the iron fence. If we can respect this request the road will remain open for your viewing pleasure.

Thank you -


Happy Birthday to William A. Drury, b. September 17th, 1809.


Our new website for everything Verdurette.



Post by Mat Willits:
My grandfather William A. (Bill) Willits had the foresight and purpose to preserve the Verdurette house indefinitely. His wish was to see it restored and loved as he himself did, to best perform this wish he put the house into a historical preservation trust. As friends of this page we do not ask you to financially or physically help with this endeavor, rather we ask you to share this page as we work to preserve and improve the property. J.R. DeLap has been elected President of the trust, he and others have been working long hours to fulfill this goal already. Any historical imagines or stories you would like to share are welcome. We promise to update this page with our progress. If you would like to help please contact J.R. or myself. Regards, Mat Willits


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New Boston, IL

General information

William Drury came to this area in 1833 and thought it was "God's Country." Within a short time, he owned land from the Edwards River bottom to the Bluff. Mr. Drury was elected County Recorder in 1835 for the newly organized Mercer County. William Drury and a brother-in-law, Levi Willits, entered into a small dry goods and grocery business in 1840. Mr. Drury married Vashti Lewis of Indiana in the same year. A new home was built for his bride called "Verdurette." A carriage house, barns, elaborate fountains and statues on the lawn, and an octagonal brick windmill tower all added to this stately home. A deer park was located across the road from the main buildings. Verdurette even had its own power plant. The Drury's adopted one son, Edward L. Drury. Edward and his wife had two sons, Purne and Clair. Purne was the inventor or the Viceroy Buggy Builder for Dodge Stables. Clair lived in the Verdurette until 1916. William Drury died in 1897. Mrs. Vashti Drury died in 1909. In Mr. Drury's will, money was left to build a college in the county. Thus, William and Vashti College was built in Aledo and opened in 1908; Clair was an architect for the college. The college name was chosen for each of the Drury's first names. It closed in 1923.


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