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Lombard, Illinois

A Stop on the Underground Railroad: Peck Homestead Tour

Come explore the oldest house in Lombard and explore its link to the Underground Railroad, regional genealogy, and Sheldon Peck’s art.

Join us at the Sheldon Peck Homestead to wander through its historical past.

Together, we'll have the chance to learn about Sheldon Peck, a nationally recognized primitive folk art portrait painter, abolitionist, and education advocate. Our private presentation and tour will bring us through the clapboard house that Peck built in 1839, and where he resided with his family until his death in 1868.

Peck was a well-known advocate of the anti-slavery and temperance causes and, leading up to the Civil War, the house was a safe house for freedom seekers. In addition, Peck was also an advocate for public education, and the house is the site of the first public school in the area. His wife Harriet Peck raised Merino sheep for wool and was also a cheesemaker.

The afternoon will start with a presentation by Keith Ulrich, Director of Programming, that discusses Sheldon Peck’s work as an abolitionist. Ulrich will also discuss the the anti-slavery movement in northern Illinois and the broader Underground Railroad. Afterwards, you will take a self-guided tour of the property, with Keith on hand to answer any questions. The tour will also feature the special exhibit "Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad."


  • Meet us inside the Homestead.
  • Parking: Cars can park in the lot in front of the Homestead. Overflow parking is available along Grace Street. 
  • The Homestead is handicap accessible. There is designated handicap parking in the front parking lot. Please contact LHS if you have any questions/concerns regarding access.
  • Food and drink is not allowed in the Peck Homestead. Closed-top water bottles may be brought in. Arrangements to eat lunch on-site must be made in advance with LHS.
  • The Sheldon Peck Homestead is an 175+ year-old house. In order to maintain the integrity of the structure, we ask that you please follow your tour guide’s instructions regarding off-limit areas, touching items/architectural details, running/rough-housing, etc. 
  • All ages may join, though we suggest you be 15 years old and above.
  • For those interested in taking pictures—yes, photography without flash is allowed in the house but not in the presentation gallery!
  • This ticket is not refundable, but you can transfer it by following this handy Eventbrite tutorial.

Field Agent Amy Weber
This event is hosted by Atlas Obscura Field Agent Amy Weber, a dedicated national and international traveler. Amy enjoys the challenge of getting on a plane and letting life just happen. With over 15 solo tours under her belt, she knows the joys of exploration and finding that something extra that makes the experience spectacular. Being grown up means she now is limited to only two weeks of vacation, so exploration around her backyards is her jam.

Questions? Email amy.weber@atlasobscura.com.

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