First Saturday at Colonel Palmer House on April 7 features Scouting Around

Mon April 2, 2018

Drop in to Colonel Palmer House and introduce your family to history. First Saturdays are free to attend. Each First Saturday program is held at the Colonel Palmer House located at 660 E. Terra Cotta Ave in Crystal Lake. For more information contact Colonel Palmer House staff at or 815-477-5873.


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 home to the Crystal Lake Historical Society.


Saturday, April 7: 3rd Annual “Scouting Around” Colonel Palmer House-Camp Life

11 am-4 pm

Scouting around CPH returns for all scouts, their families and those interested in becoming scouts. Camp Life will feature 60’s era Scoutcraft activities, hands on demonstrations along with the history of local scouting. Free for all Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and scout-friendly adults and children to participate in historical scouting fun. Camp skills will include branding irons, pioneering, rope making, a two-man saw, S'mores, and practice with lashings and knots. Badge activities may include: Girl Scout Ways, Eco Camper, and more. Sign your Girl Scout or Boy Scout troop up for the Dutch Oven Cooking Contest! This event partners with the Crystal Lake Park District Nature Center, the Blackhawk Council and the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois.


Saturday, May 5: Garden Club Plant Sale

Begins at 9 am

Here’s a unique opportunity to purchase pre-loved plants cultivated by friends of the Colonel Palmer House. Members of the Garden Gate Club and Green Twig Garden Club are selling their prized plants dug from their manicured floral beds. As dedicated partners of CPH, the clubs have donated numerous plants, tended to the CPH flower gardens, created floral arrangements for our events and hosted a class on flora arranging. Tours of the home will also be available during the event. Plant prices vary.