William Tanner House
The William Tanner House in Aurora, Illinois is a museum that displays the life of Aurora residents in the 18th century. It is a two story brick home built in 1857 that exhibits Italianate features, including ornate plaster decorations. It is located at 305 Cedar St, Aurora, IL 60506. on the corner of Oak and Cedar Streets, two blocks west of Route 31. Learn more about it here.
Since 1976, the William Tanner House has been on the National Register of Historic Places. In the past, the house has been a private residence, but it has now been donated to the Aurora Historical Society. The society has since restored the home.
Visitors can explore the home on a free tour. A docent is present to answer questions about the building. Among the items on display are ornaments, antique furniture, and other artifacts. There is also a kitchen that includes an authentic gingerbread house. The first floor of the house is the parlor.
The second floor of the Tanner House contains the bedrooms. The octagonal cupola is a major feature of the building. Large diagonal wooden brackets with pendants are another notable feature. Another notable feature is the pediment-like window hoods.
While the first floor of the house has been the site of many tours, the second floor has not seen a great deal of action. This is due to the fact that the staircase is narrow, preventing social distancing from occurring. Learn more.
On December 26, 2018, the William Tanner House Museum will open to the public for walk-through tours. They will be hosted by the historical society. These tours will be held from 10 am to 4 pm. Guests will be able to enjoy Christmas decor in the building and take pictures in the photo booth. Some gifts will also be available. Embroidered chef aprons and vintage Aurora calendars will be available for purchase.
In addition to the tours, the Historical Society will be hosting an event in the parlor. During this event, there will be several different performances. One of these performances will be “Death Comes to the Tanner House.” This is the seventh in a series of such events that have been offered in the past.
After the tour is complete, visitors can browse the gift shop, which features a variety of holiday decorations and other vintage items. Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of family activities. Guests can take advantage of the discounts offered by the Aurora Historical Society at the Tanner House Museum gift shop. Guests will also be able to take advantage of the free staff-assisted research archives available for use.
Those who wish to plan a private event at the William Tanner House may contact the Aurora Historical Society. The organization offers various membership benefits, as well as invitations to private events. Members of the Society also receive a newsletter and discounts at the museum gift shop.
Besides the Holiday Open House, the Historical Society will host a cocktail party for the opening of an exhibit. Docents will also be on hand to offer tours of the historic house.