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Date: 08/18/2005
Haight Village National Register Historic District Home and Garden Tour
by Press Release

For the first time in ten years, the residents of Haight Village will be opening their homes to the public on September 10 and 11, 2005. The tour features eight homes in one of Rockford's oldest treasures with most of the neighborhood's homes boasting ages of 100 to 150 years.

 

Advance tickets are on sale for $12.00 per person and are available until September 1, 2005. Tickets will also be available for $15.00 at the Natural Land Institute, which is part of the tour, on the days of the event.  The tours take place from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, September 10 and from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sunday, September 11.

 

Tickets may be purchased using the order form on our website at www.haightvillage.org.  Please mail your check or money order, payable to "Haight Village," to Haight Village Home Tour, 320 S. Third St., Rockford, IL 61104.  All tickets will be available the days of the event as a collectable booklet at the Natural Land Insitue, 320 S. Third St. featuring a history of the homes on the tour and Haight Village as a whole.  Any further inquiries concerning the tour can be directed to Janet Hill at (815) 963-0490 or via email at hometour@haightvillage.org.

 

The eight homes opening for this year's tour are 322 and 404 S. First St.; 319 S. Second St.; 307, 315, and 320 S. Third St.; 324 Grove St. and 219 Kishwaukee St.  Each home will feature an historical expert to give a history of the home and answer any questions about that particular house.

 

Haight Village is named for Daniel Shaw Haight who in 1835 became the first settler on the east side  of the river.  Today, Haight Village provides a visual history of Rockford's early architectural styles.  The fourteen block area was designated the city's first historic district in 1980 and in 1987 became Rockford's only residential National Register Historic District.

 

The Derwent Home at 404 S. First St. was built in 1865 by Edmund Derwent who ran a flour milling company on the Rock River. 319 S. Second St. is one of the newest additions to Haight Village.  It was moved from 1121 3rd Ave. after more than 130 years in 1982 protecting it from demolition after papers from a World War I congressman were found in the attic. 307 S. Third St. was built in 1878 by Joseph R. Moxley.  Moxley, a tinsmith, rose through the ranks to become president of Palmer Hardware.  The Queen Anne style home at 315 S. Third St. was built in 1886 by Thomas Reber, a lumberman who served as president of the Rockford Lumber and Fuel Company until his retirement in 1928.  The Reber home was ravaged by fire a few years ago, destroying much of the interior. A lot of hard work has gone into restoring this home by its current owner, making it an absolute delight to have on this year's tour.  320 S. Third St., the Frank Brown home built in 1906, serves as the home of the Natural Land Institute.  324 Grove St. was originally built in the late 1850s on the land now occupied by the Natural Land Institute. The home was moved in the early 1900s and is the only two-family home on the tour.

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