Tickets on sale for bus tour to county’s last surviving settler cabin

Published: Monday, Oct. 24, 2016 5:30 a.m. CDT
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The Joseph Glidden Homestead will host a bus tour to the Miller-Ellwood Pioneer Cabin near Kingston on Nov. 6.

Take a trip to visit the last surviving settler cabin in DeKalb County.

On Sunday, Nov. 6, the Joseph Glidden Homestead will host the annual Barbed Wire Bus Tour to the Miller-Ellwood Pioneer Cabin near Kingston, narrated by noted area historian Steve Bigolin.

The bus tour will leave from Glidden Homestead at 11 a.m. and return at 2 p.m. For fans of history, timber construction, restoration, homesteading and barbed wire, this tour is a must.

Seating is limited and tickets cost $20, $15 for Homestead members. To register or for information, call the Glidden Homestead at 815-756-7904 or email

Visitors can get a glimpse of life and living when early pioneers like Joseph Glidden came to DeKalb County in the 1830s and 40s. Bigolin will show the property and point out how it fits into the history of DeKalb County and barbed wire, cabins that were typical of the period, and restoration and reconstruction of these types of structures. Isaac Ellwood’s father-in-law, William Miller, built the cabin in 1835 where Ellwood’s wife, Harriet Miller Ellwood was born two years later. Joseph Glidden lived in a similar cabin on the Glidden Homestead when he settled in DeKalb 172 years ago.

The cabin was relocated and expertly restored by Ney Grange and the DeKalb County Forest Preserve, with the help of an authority on log cabins, and became a county historical site in 2014.

The Glidden Homestead, at 921 W. Lincoln Highway, is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays or by special arrangement. For information, visit or email or call 815-756-7904.

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