The Sheldon Peck Homestead is a historic house museum located in Lombard, Illinois. It was dedicated by The Village of Lombard as a local landmark. It features exhibits, educations programs, living history, and outreach programs. Admission is a suggested donation of $2/person.
Constructed in 1839, making it the oldest house in Lombard,
Illinois, the Sheldon Peck Homestead is now a historic house museum. It has
been dedicated by The Village of Lombard as a local landmark. It offers
education programs, living history, exhibits, and outreach programs. The Peck
family owned the house from 1839 to the mid-1990s. During this time is when it
became a museum.
Sheldon Peck was
born August 26, 1797. He was married to Harriet Corey, who produced cheese for
the local market. They had ten children together. Sheldon was nationally
recognized as a primitive folk art painter. He was an advocate for public
education and his home was the site of the first public school in the area. He
was also a well-known advocate of anti-slavery. He died in 1868 of pneumonia.
The Sheldon Peck
Homestead was put into the Network to Freedom in August of 2011. This is a list
of verified Underground Railroad locations. They kept as many as seven slaves
in the house at one time. The locations where they were kept are unknown. They
risked fines and imprisonment. The Underground Railroad ended with the passage
of the 13th Amendment after the Civil War.