|Visit the Historic Churchville Schoolhouse
Step back in time with the school marm during an authentic living history experience at the Churchville Schoolhouse, a National Register of Historic Places property (built circa 1846) owned by the City of Elmhurst and managed by the Elmhurst Historical Museum. This historic Civil War era structure is one of the few remaining one-room schoolhouses in Illinois on its original site and has undergone extensive restoration to make it ready for school groups and community programs. Field trips for school, scout, and adult groups can now be booked through the Elmhurst Historical Museum for an immersive history experience with our school marm who will lead students back to the early 1900s to experience how farm children from the DuPage area learned their daily lessons. Find out more about this engaging and interactive learning opportunity:
Submit an online contact form for your school group. Adult and scout groups, please call the museum at 630-833-1457 to make arrangements.
Download the Brochure
Download the Churchville Schoolhouse Living History Program brochure.
Contact the Churchville Schoolhouse program coordinator at 630-833-1457 or via e-mail at .
The Churchville Schoolhouse is located just north of Grand Avenue (the northern boundary of Elmhurst) at 3N784 Church Road in Bensenville. Click here for Google Maps directions.
$5 per student (full or half-day).
The program is free to schools from Elmhurst and Bensenville.
Parking and Accessibility
On-site parking for buses is available. The Schoolhouse is accessible to visitors with disabilities via a ramp at the rear of the building.
History of the Churchville Schoolhouse
Learn more about this historic architectural and cultural treasure that dates to the Civil War era.
Churchville Schoolhouse 2015 Fall Open House
Our 2015 Churchville Schoolhouse Fall Open House on September 26 was fantastic thanks to everyone who came out to explore our DuPage County treasure during our annual fall festival. We had a beautiful day and a crowd of more than 275 people enjoyed musical performances by the talented Conrad Fischer Elementary School Singers led by music teacher Peter Buys.
Everyone had fun encountering the school marm for class inside the one-room schoolhouse, learning how children learned their lessons in the early 1900s. A few "punishments" were doled out, McGuffy Readers were read, and visitors learned cursive writing from the school marm.
Outside, participants played old-fashioned games, made colorful pencil pouches, checked out the Elmhurst Fire Department's vintage fire truck, and lots more. The Churchville Cemetery Association provided a history of the adjacent cemetery.
Thanks to the Churchville Cemetery Association and the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation for supporting this fun event. Our gratitude also to Principal Jane Bailey of Conrad Fischer School, the Bensenville Fire Department, and the City of Elmhurst building maintenance staff.
Churchville Schoolhouse Restoration Project 2005-2010