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The Ellwood House Museum is a lovely victorian mansion located in the heart of DeKalb, IL. Inside, crystal chandeliers sparkle, gilt mirrors shine, and antique woodwork gleams.

Built by barbed wire millionaire Isaac L. Ellwood in 1879, the mansion remains with its original furnishings just as when the Ellwood family lived there decades ago.

Experience a by-gone era as you tour the great English living room with its vast stone fireplace, the mahogany-paneled dining room, and the magnificent rotunda with a three-story spiral staircase. The many restored bedrooms, servants' rooms, and service areas provide a glimpse of a complete household at the turn of the twentieth century.


The Ellwood House gardens may be reserved for wedding ceremonies prior to 12 noon or after 5:00 PM. Rentals do not include chairs. There are no facilities for wedding party dressing on site.

  • The fee for a garden wedding is $200.00. The garden may also be reserved for a wedding rehearsal for an additional $50.00. Reserving the Visitor Center's Hearthside Room for a ceremony back-up location in the event of bad weather costs an additional $150.00.

Located in the Visitor Center, the Hearthside Room is the perfect space for your baby shower, birthday party, small wedding reception, business meeting or corporate retreat.

The room accommodates up to 80 people seated at tables for a luncheon or dinner with room for a buffet or head table. More than 100 people can be seated in rows for a lecture program or wedding ceremony.

Rental includes the use of our tables, chairs, podium and room set-up. Linens and table service are not included. Events may be catered or a full-service kitchen is available for your use. Alcoholic beverages may only be supplied and served by DeKalb Park District staff. The total room dimension is 1326 square feet.

Rates apply to rentals during our operating hours of Monday through Friday from 9 - 5 PM, and Saturday and Sunday from 12 - 5 PM. Rentals will be billed a minimum of two hours.

  • $50.00 an hour for parties

  • Rentals outside our normal operating hours are an additional $25.00 an hour


We do not rent rooms within the historic mansion for private events.

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