LYON FARM Kendall County Historical Society
Lyon Farm aerial view
The Lyon Farm features 15 historic buildings that trace the history of Kendall County including an 1819 Chicago Burlington & Quincy caboose, a fully stocked general store, an 1840s schoolhouse, a town hall, and a working blacksmith shop. A trip to the Lyon Farm is a delightful experience! The Lyon Farm is located east of Yorkville, Illinois on Illinois Route 71. Highway signs direct visitors to the site. The Kendall County Historical Society holds special events at the Lyon Farm, drawing visitors from a wide area each year. The farm is open to the public on Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm and by special appointment.

Oswego - Fox House

The Oswego - Fox House was built in the 1870s by the Fox family, ancestors of the Cutter family from Oswego. The house was located 1/2 mile south of Oswego on Rt. 71. It was moved to the Lyon Farm Village in 1975.

Oswego - Fox House
Union School

Union School

The Union School, District No. 42, was built in 1847 by subscription. It was originally located on Wheeler Rd. in Na-Au-Say Township. Pupils came from as far away as Plattville, 4 miles south. The first teacher was Dr. William P. Richardson, a graduate of Harvard, who taught the first Winter for no pay. The school was moved to the Lyon Farm Village in 1976.

Plano Depot

The Plano Depot was built in Chicago and hauled to Plano on flatcars in the 1850s. It was built by the C. B. & Q. Railroad in Gothic-style architecture. The Depot was used until 1914 or 1915 when the new depot was built. At that time its location was moved ½ block east and it was used as a freight house and various businesses. It was moved to the Lyon Farm Village in 1978.

C. B. & Q. Caboose

The Caboose was built in the Aurora C. B. & Q. shops in 1918. It was used on the Fox River Line for 56 years. It was moved to the Lyon Farm Village in 1974.

Plano Depot
Seward Town Hall

Seward Town Hall

The Seward Town Hall was built in 1876 and 1877 for $500. It stood on the east bank of Au Sable Creek facing Rt. 52. In addition to serving as a town hall, it was used as a Congregational Church, basketball hall, and band practice site. It was moved to the Lyon Farm Village in 1976.

Corrigan Store

William Corrigan established an independent store known as Corrigan & Sons which operated in Plattville from 1919 until the late 1950s. The store carried a general merchandise line including Oliver Farm Machinery and agricultural implements. Construction of the Corrigan Store was completed on the Lyon Farm in 1986 using the original Corrigan Store Front.

Corrigan Store