Glen Ellyn

Historical Society

+1.630.469.1867

The Glen Ellyn History Center  800 N. Main St. Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Stacy's Tavern Museum is an award-winning restoration of an authentic 1840's wayside inn which is owned by the Village of Glen Ellyn and operated by the Glen Ellyn Historical Society. It stands in its original location on Geneva Road. The tavern was built by Moses Stacy and his wife Joanna in 1846. The construction was mainly wood on a foundation of native boulders. The building was acquired by the Village in 1968. Restoration began in 1971. The museum is open today through the join efforts of the Village of Glen Ellyn and the Historical Society. It is open for tours by volunteer docents two afternoons each week. Visitors will see what life was like in the 1840's, for the Stacy family and for their guests. 

The Stacy's son, Philo, remembered:

"In the early days, my father operated a sort of tavern for the land-seekers and travelers, charging them fifty cents for supper, lodging, and breakfast, and two horses to hay. It took several days to go from Stacy's Tavern to Chicago. Farmers with their products and settlers heading west were welcomed."

As St. Charles road was improved, stagecoaches could make the trip, carrying mail and passengers. The first stagecoach in this area was Dr. Temple's, which made the trip from Chicago to Galena tri-weekly. Passengers paid five to six cents per mile. Fresh relays of horses waited at taverns along the way. The coaches traveled at the rate of six miles per hour with four horses as a team. Stagecoaches accommodated 9 - 12 passengers with mail carried on the flat tops of the coaches.

Pioneer Day

Stacy’s Tavern Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places!

Stacy’s Corners Store and the Stacy’s Tavern Museum are both closed on the following Holidays/Holiday Weekends:

*Easter
*Memorial Day Weekend (Sat .- Mon.)
*July 4th Weekend (Sat. - Mon.)
*Labor Day Weekend (Sat. - Mon.)
*Thanksgiving Weekend (Wed. - Mon.)
*Christmas Day, and the following week including 
*New Year’s Day.

In a regular year, the Museum is open April 1 through mid-December. It is closed in the winter. The museum is also closed Thanksgiving week for tours, and between Christmas and New Year's Day, unless arranged in advance. 


Directions

Take museum visitors on a trip through history to a time of stagecoaches and pioneers! Volunteers are needed to lead tours through historic Stacy’s Tavern and interpret life in the 1840s. The museum is open from April through December. Volunteer training will be provided. Ages 16 and up. Please contact Karen Hall at 630–469-1867 x 101 or director@gehs.org to learn more.

Pioneer Day is a living history celebration of the mid-1800's held the last Sunday afternoon of September. It is a family event, with events designed for everyone to enjoy! Check our calendar page for more details.

About

The Museum is located at 557 Geneva Road in Glen Ellyn, just west of Main Street, in the “Stacy’s Corners” or “Five Corners” neighborhood of north Glen Ellyn. There is free parking behind the museum and at the History Center, 800 N. Main St. Glen Ellyn. The parking lot behind the museum is not paved. Unless you need to park there for accessibility reasons, we encourage you to park at the History Center. The museum is closed in the winter.

The back entrance of the museum has a ramp that makes it wheelchair accessible. However, there are stairs to the second floor of the museum; currently, no elevator is available. The entire first floor is accessible. The History Center has wheelchair accessible rest rooms.

Located at 557 Geneva Road, the museum is open for docent-led tours in 2021 by appointment only from Tuesday thru Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tours begin at the Glen Ellyn History Center at 800 N. Main St. Glen Ellyn. To schedule a tour, call 630-469-1867 or email director@gehs.org. Tours must be scheduled in advance, and are approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour long. (Please call at least 24 hours in advance and we will do our best to arrange a tour.)

Admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for students ages 6 - 17, and children 5 & under are free.

Group tours are scheduled year-round by appointment. Please call at least a week ahead to schedule a group tour. 

Tours for Boy and Girl Scouts include an activity, time permitting. Admission is $3 per scout, with two adult leaders admitted at no charge. Additional adults are $5.00 each. Extra activities can be scheduled for Scouts and school groups; there may be an additional charge.

Group tours scheduled outside normal museum hours are a minimum of $25.

Non-flash photography is permitted in the museum.

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