About Kendall County Historical Society (KCHS)

Collect, Preserve and Educate the History of Kendall County

The Kendall County Historical Society connects the past to the future to help all generations understand and appreciate the richness of Kendall County’s regional history.

We are a voluntary, non-governmental, non-profit, educational and cultural institution dedicated to preserving and sharing our growing historical collections and archives with members, visitors and surrounding communities.

The home of the Kendall County Historical Society is on the Lyon Farm historical site, located at 7935 Route 71, Yorkville, IL, 60566.

The Lyon Farm is the home of, and also the pride and joy of the Kendall County Historical Society. In 1974, Mrs. Frances Lyon donated 39 acres of her farm to serve as a home for the society and its artifacts. A large bequest by Mrs. Mae Dunbar along with the support and contributions of the many members and friends of the society have made it possible to restore many of the old farm buildings to their original outward appearance, and to establish display areas within. There are several buildings of historical interest that have been moved to the farm, and are displayed on the turn of the century Dunbar Lane. The Oswego House, a two story frame house, the onerous Union School from Na-Au-Say Township, Corrigan Brother’s General Store and post office from Plattville, the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Depot from Plano, the old Yorkville City Hall, and many more interesting buildings and artifacts may be found there. A trip to the Lyon Farm is fun for the whole family. The Lyon Farm is located east of Yorkville, Illinois on Illinois Route 71 between Yorkville and Oswego, and highway signs direct visitors to the site. Each year the Kendall County Historical Society holds special events at the Lyon Farm which draw visitors from all over. The farm is only open to the public during these special events, but if you are interested in using the farm on other dates please contact us for more information.

Up Coming Event:

Annual Historical Society Membership Meeting

  • Date: April 8, 2017

  • Times: 5:30pm

  • Pot-Luck Dinner, society providing meat and drinks, members to bring dish to pass and table service

  • Annual Membership dues are due on or before this date

  • Members and Friends welcome

  • Presenter: Kay Shelton, National President, Lincoln Memorial Highway Association

    • Presentation Topic: Lincoln Highway, Route 66

Check the Special Events tab for more information about this event and others to come

Our offices are open by appointment.

Contact us at:

  • Email: lyonfarmkchs1@gmail.com
  • Phone: 630-553-6777
  • Website: lyonfarmkchs.wordpress.com
  • Visit us at: 7935 Route 71, Yorkville, IL 60560

News Letters:

March 2017