Glen Ellyn

Historical Society


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

We regret that the Museum will not be open for tours until the State enters Phase 5. Sorry! Most of the rooms are small enough that they don't allow for proper social distancing.

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.


Tavern Day

Tavern 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.

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. Come into the gift shop at the History Center on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons from April 1 thru mid-December and let the cashier know you would like a tour. 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.


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

Become a Stacy’s Tavern Museum Docent!

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. Docents are needed on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons from 1:30 to 4:30. Volunteer training will be provided. Ages 16 and up. Please contact Karen Hall at 630–469-1867 x 101 or to learn more.

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

*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.

The Museum is open April 1 through mid-December. Tours are available without appointment Wednesday and Saturdays starting at 1:30 p.m. The last tour begins at 3:45 p.m. The museum is also closed Thanksgiving week for tours, and between Christmas and New Year's Day, unless arranged in advance. 

Located at 557 Geneva Road, near the History Center, the museum is open for tours April 1 through mid-December and is closed during the winter. April thru mid-December, docent-lead tours are available on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and by appointment. The last tour begins at 3:45 p.m.

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 tour at a time we are not normally open. 

Tours for Boy and Girl Scouts include an activity, time permitting. Admission is $3 per scout, with two  aders admitted at 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.

Stacy's Tavern Museum