For 100 years, the Fabyan Windmill has been located at the Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva, and the Forest Preserve District of Kane County has a season of events planned to help celebrate this important milestone!
Windmill Tours are available from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, March 15 to Oct. 15, and by appointment. During these tours you will see how the Fabyan Windmill runs and learn all about its history.
Take an Online Virtual Tour of the Fabyan Windmill. See a Google Images Tour of the inside of the Windmill, including areas not open to the public.
Join the Kane County Forest Preserve District’s Nature & Cultural Programs. Learn about the Fox River as Col. George Fabyan experienced it, on a naturalist-guided stroll, Wednesday, June 24, from 7-8 p.m. Additional programs by the Forest Preserve and Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley are listed on www.kaneforest.com.
As part of our Centennial Celebration, the Forest Preserve District is creating a Time Capsule to be opened in 2115. Please submit ideas for consideration on the theme “Fabyan Windmill: 100 Years & Countless Memories.”
The district is looking for photographs, poems, drawings, articles — anything to do with the historic structure. Items must be 8.5 by 11 inches or smaller.
The district will not accept electronics, rubber, or wood. Mail or deliver items to Forest Preserve District headquarters, 1996 S. Kirk Road, Ste. 320, Geneva, from June through September.
A free Centennial Celebration takes place at noon Saturday, July 25. Food, music, giveaways, windmill tours and a pinwheel-making station will be part of the celebration, plus your image can be shared for posterity inthe Official Centennial Photo! This photo will be taken in front of the Windmill then placed inside the time capsule.
If you are interested in being a volunteer at the Fabyan Windmill, by providing the public with historic tours of the Windmill, demonstrating how the Windmill runs, and/or greeting visitors, call 630-762-2741. Also, check out the video on what a typical day is like volunteering at the Windmill.
For more information on the Fabyan Windmill season of events, call 630-232-5980 or visit www.kaneforest.com.
SOURCE: Kane County Forest Preserve District press release