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Main Street Sycamore added to historical walking tours

Published: Saturday, June 8, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

The Sycamore History Museum will present two walking tours of Sycamore’s historic district each month during the summer. On the first Sunday of the month the tour will feature Somonauk Street, and the third Sunday of the month will be a tour of Main Street.

The North Main Street tour is a new addition for 2013. Both tours are led by local historian Steve Bigolin. Tours leave from the southeast corner of the Sycamore Farmers Market at Somonauk and Elm streets at 1 p.m. and last about 90 minutes. Cost is $5 per person and includes handouts with information on highlighted locations. The next Main Street tour will be June 16, and the next Somonauk Street tour will be July 7.

Bigolin has led past historic district tours of Somonauk and Main Streets as well as Corn Fest tours in DeKalb and numerous local cemetery tours. He will discuss buildings that have contributed to downtown Sycamore and some of the most notable architecture of the area. This year he expanded the Main Street tour. Stops on the walk will include the Townsend House (currently the Paper Doll House) and carriage house (Willow’s Hometown Cafe), the Boyton House, the DeKalb County Courthouse, the library, the post office and Rick Turner’s law office.

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