Camp Meeting Cottages & Country Houses!

July 14th

Camp Meeting Cottages and Country Houses, the second of three docent-led walking tours hosted by the Museum, takes place Sunday July 14 starting at 1:00 pm. The tours run about 90 minutes.

On this tour, participants will learn the history of homes and the area developed by the Lake Bluff Camp Meeting Association and summer residents during the latter part of the 19th century. The Lake Bluff Camp Meeting was started in 1875 by a group of Methodist Ministers and businessmen who purchased 100 acres in Lake Bluff with the intent to develop a summer resort and religious camp meeting. Lake Bluff’s Camp Meeting was greatly influenced by the Chautauqua movement that started at Lake Chautauqua, NY in 1874. Chautauqua assemblies were organized around four pillars: arts, education, religion and were popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

This tour covers the western half of the Camp Meeting Grounds. Our next tour (September 15) covers the eastern portion of the grounds and an area known as the Artist’s Colony in the early 1900s.

Reservations are requested in advance: payment is taken the day of the event, before your tour.

When: Sunday, July 14, 2019 1 pm and 1:15 pm
Where: Start at The Lake Bluff History Museum
127 East Scranton Avenue in Lake Bluff.
Cost: $10

Reservations: Purchase tickets online using the Buy Now button, below. Tickets will be sold at the door on a space available basis.

Questions? Call 847 482-1571 or e-mail


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