Verdurette House Trust

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

Thanks to Sharon Reason and Crystal DeLap for their hard work cleaning today.
09/02/2017

Thanks to Sharon Reason and Crystal DeLap for their hard work cleaning today.

Cool article from the 40's, and a peak inside.
08/20/2017

Cool article from the 40's, and a peak inside.

A couple more - From Beth Jacobi, Photographer. She is making up a photo book for the Barn which should be available soo...
06/22/2016

A couple more - From Beth Jacobi, Photographer. She is making up a photo book for the Barn which should be available soon.

News from the June 15th, 2016 edition of the Aledo Times Record.
06/18/2016

News from the June 15th, 2016 edition of the Aledo Times Record.

Who knows what these are?
06/10/2016

Who knows what these are?

And the work continues on the Bank Barn.
06/08/2016

And the work continues on the Bank Barn.

12/25/2015

Merry Christmas to you all.

Sitting back down on her new foundation.
11/11/2015

Sitting back down on her new foundation.

Concrete walls formed and poured. Next we lower the Barn back onto it's new foundation and get to work on the wood porti...
11/03/2015

Concrete walls formed and poured. Next we lower the Barn back onto it's new foundation and get to work on the wood portions, starting with the replacing the dilapidated structural components and working out. Hopefully, by this time next year she'll look as good as new.

Stage one under way. Steve and Mat Willits have been working hard getting this 1855 barn ready to lift. It's up, now tim...
10/03/2015

Stage one under way. Steve and Mat Willits have been working hard getting this 1855 barn ready to lift. It's up, now time for new foundations to be placed then she can rest again for another 160 years or perhaps more.

09/26/2015

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 -

09/17/2015

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

Verdurette House Trust
09/15/2015

Verdurette House Trust

09/14/2015
Verdurette

Our new website for everything Verdurette.

Verdurette

09/10/2015

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

Painting by Phyliss M. Herslow
09/08/2015

Painting by Phyliss M. Herslow

Date unknown photo by Carlson Studio of Aledo, Illinois
09/08/2015

Date unknown photo by Carlson Studio of Aledo, Illinois

Verdurette House Trust
09/08/2015

Verdurette House Trust

Address

65th Ave
New Boston, IL
61272

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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