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Review of Naper Settlement

Naper Settlement
Ranked #3 of 45 things to do in Naperville
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

A tract of land close to the Riverwalk where the history of Naperville has been lovingly preserved, includes original homes restored, examples and demonstrations of the old trades by volunteers in period costumes, a replica of the original settlement fort, the Martin Mitchell Home and the Naperville Historical Museum. All of which gives you a solid understanding of why the town has thrived for almost 200 years. During the Spring, Summer and Fall, there is always some event going on. (My favorite is the Civil War Encampment in mid-June.) TIPS: On weekends, you can park for free across Aurora Avenue in the City Hall's underground garage where your car stays cool. If you do the Martin Mitchell Home guided tour, get signed on the schedule right away.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Recently attended Naperville's Fine Art Fair at Naperville Settlement and was happy to see the historical settlement has been maintained for future generations to view and enjoy. The beauty of the brick and stone walkways and many flowers enhance the historical buildings significance. Both hIstory buffs and children alike would enjoy reliving the time of Naperville's first families. If you are visiting from out of town or a resident who hasn't been to Naperville Settlement in a few years, check it out.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Went there with out of town relatives on Monday. Went back on Tuesday when they were open. I think it was $15 pp walked around and visited the buildings. There were docents telling you about the buildings and history. Had to wait to tour the mansion but it was all very interesting and worth it.

Thank zocko
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

Exhibits are well done and the 'educators' are well prepared and are able to relate the information to the audience!

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Reviewed July 6, 2013

First off this attraction is WAY, WAY overpriced in terms of any value you receive. Second, what you really get isn't much at all since the settlement is little more than the size of a square city block and nothing more than collection of about a dozen buildings, many of which are just facades that you can't even enter or tour. Only a couple of the buildings are actually historical and nearly all in this category were relocated to the settlement. The rest of the buildings are not even historical, just someone's best guess at a reproduction. The buildings, ground, etc. appear to receive minimal maintenance with lots of weeds and worn paths through the lawns and many areas of the structures looking long in the face... or maybe that is part of the effect they are trying to create... dilapidated?

Considering the history of the beginnings of Naperville isn't much to write home about to start with and much of it is actually an embarrassment the whole Naperville Settlement concept is closer to smoke and mirrors more than any historical substance.

Save your money and take a walk down Webster to Aurora Ave and head to the Riverwalk instead. You'll save a bunch and get some good exercise plus you can see just about everything through the fence without spending a cent.

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