January 2016: Thank you Daily Herald for including us in your list of suburban Underground Railroad Sites. To correct the article, the Peck Homestead is normally closed in January as we prepare for Black History Month in February. To schedule a Peck Homestead tour during January or February, please call us at 630-629-1885.
The Sheldon Peck Homestead is an 1839 historic house museum that offers visitors information on the pioneer way of life in Babcock’s Grove through exhibits, living history, educational programs, and outreach programs. The Village of Lombard has designated the Sheldon Peck Homestead as a local landmark.
In August 2011, the Sheldon Peck Homestead was inducted into the Network to Freedom – a list of verified Underground Railroad locations. Staff and volunteers worked over several years researching the Underground Railroad, genealogy and property lines near the Homestead, and Sheldon Peck’s art.
Sheldon Peck, a nationally recognized primitive folk art portrait painter, built the clapboard house in 1839 and resided there with his family until his death in 1868. Peck was a well-known advocate of the anti-slavery and temperance causes and the house is a verifiable safe house for freedom seekers prior to the Civil War. In addition, Peck was also an advocate for public education and the house is the site of the first public school in the area.
Remarkably, the Peck family continually owned the house from 1839 until the mid 1990s when it was restored as a museum.
Learn more about Sheldon Peck.
Learn more about the Peck Homestead's connection to the Underground Railroad.
For special tour arrangements, please call 630-629-1885.
December - January:
February – November:
Tuesday & Thursday 1-4pm
[The Peck is closed during the Lilac Festival (first few weeks of May), please call to inquire about scheduling a special tour during this time.]
Admission: Suggested donation $2/person.
355 E. Parkside, Lombard
Located on the south west corner of Parkside and Grace Street - directly west of Lombard Common Park and Paradise Bay .View map