The Roots and Early Culture Of Lisle Are Still Alive At The Museums!

The Museums at Lisle Station Park provide visitors the opportunity to learn about the heritage and culture of 19th century Northern Illinois. Settled in 1832, the life of this agricultural community soon revolved around the railroad depot and the area became known as Lisle Station.

A cooperative effort of the Lisle Park District, Lisle Heritage Society, and the Village of Lisle, the Museum campus was created in 1978 to provide a home for the community's historic train depot. This partnership remains committed to the preservation of Lisle's rich heritage with the continuing development of the historical buildings and through exhibits and special programming. The roots and early culture of Lisle are still alive at The Museums at Lisle Station Park!



Our Mission

The mission of The Museums at Lisle Station Park is to preserve and interpret the dynamic history of Lisle that inspires and involves the community through research, programs and exhibits.


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Historical Museum Exhibits

40th Anniversary Exhibit Series

"Views from Lisle"

On display in the Historic Lisle Depot

It’s the museum’s birthday! Experience our first two exhibits in a year-long series that explores what we learned from our four decades of preserving, sharing, and discussing Lisle’s history.

Come along with us as we highlight the research and preservation that museum volunteers and staff have completed over four decades at The Museums at Lisle Station Park. Displays and vignettes are open throughout the year and build into the culminating exhibit, open Depot Days through November.



HOW DID WE GET HERE?

February 3 - May 5, 2018

See how The Museums at Lisle Station Park grew from one building to a full campus. We’ll take a look at how the buildings that comprise the museum campus were acquired and brought to their current site.



LISLE’S RAILROAD HISTORY

May 5 - June 16, 2018

This exhibit will present the integral role played by the railroad in Lisle. Explore the progression from the Chicago-Aurora Line to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Line of today, and how this important piece of infrastructure shaped the Village of Lisle.



TRADES AND BUSINESS IN LISLE

June 16 - July 4, 2018

This exhibit will explore the development of trades, craftwork, and business in Lisle.



RESTORING HISTORY

July 4 - September 15, 2018

We’ll take a look at the processes used by the Lisle Heritage Society, The Museums at Lisle Station Park staff, and other museum professionals to restore the objects, art, and buildings in our collection to their current condition.



VIEWS FROM LISLE

September 15 - November 17, 2018

Experience the research and preservation that we have done in the community over the past 40 years.





Questions? Please contact us at 630-968-0499 or musuem@lisleparkdistrict.org.



 

Historic Buildings

Beaubien Tavern

Named after an early settler of Chicago, the Beaubien Tavern has a long and colorful history. Originally built in the 1830s by William Sweet, the building was acquired by Mark Beaubien in 1840. Beaubien utilized the structure as a tavern. Between 1851 and 1857 it was used as a toll house for the SW Plank Road. In 1859, Beaubien was forced to sell the tavern for back taxes.








Blacksmith Shop

The blacksmith shop was once a barn that stood in Wisconsin. The 19th century building was disassembled, shipped, and reassembled on our grounds. Volunteers teach the art of blacksmithing here throughout the year.


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CB&Q Waycar #14584

The term waycar was what CB&Q employees called this train car, though the term caboose has become most popular. This specific waycar was built in 1881 and served as an employee lounge space for the various workers traveling night and day on the train. It provided beds, a restroom, stove and a cupola, which provided the workers with a great window view of their surroundings. This waycar was donated to the museum in 1998 by a local car dealership that had been using it as an office.






Lisle Depot Museum

When fire destroyed Lisle's first depot, the Chicago Burlingon & Quincy Railroad rebuilt it in 1874. This structure is now the centerpiece of The Museums at Lisle Station Park. The station played a key role in the community's growth by serving as a passenger and shipping facility for 104 years. It continues to serve the community by preserving the heritage of Lisle. This structure includes the living quarters that once housed the stationmaster as well as the original Baggage Room. Visitors are invited to explore the many historical exhibits on display.






Netzley-Yender Farmhouse

In the late 1850s, this stately house was built by Jacob Netzley, a weaver by trade, after a fire ravaged his family's original home. Four generations of the Netzley family resided in the expansive Greek Revival style home before it was purchased by George Yender in 1910. A family of farmers, the Yenders lived in the home for 76 years.





 

Virtual Online Exhibits

Sustaining Lisle's Heritage

Learn the story of how Lisle became incorporated as a town and some of the early struggles the town’s first leaders faced.


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Women of Lisle

This exhibit honors women that help found and develop the Village of Lisle, IL.


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