New Exhibit Opens at Colonel Palmer House on Sat, April 10

Wed April 14, 2021

On Saturday, April 10 a new exhibit opens to the public at Colonel Palmer House. Take a trip back through the decades as we ‘Celebrate a Century’ with the Crystal Lake Park District at the Colonel Palmer House.  Stroll through the exhibits inside the historic home and learn about the history of baseball, water sports, the Nature Center, the ice harvesting industry and much more.

Colonel Palmer House: 660 E. Terra Cotta Ave, Crystal Lake

Contact: Ben Johnson, Colonel Palmer House Supervisor,, (815) 459-0680, ext. 2699


Tu-Fri, 11 AM – 5 PM

Sat, 10 AM – 4 PM

To arrange for a special visit or tour of the Colonel Palmer House (non-research), call 815/477-5873. Admission is free, donations appreciated.

The Colonel Palmer House was built c.1858 by settlers Gustavus and Henrietta Palmer. Located on its original site, the home was entered in the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. Currently the home is maintained by the Crystal Lake Park District and is home to the Crystal Lake Historical Society.