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Historical Society Set for Home and Garden Tour

The Mokena Area Historical Society will bring back its home and garden tour June 23, beginning at 10 a.m. The tour will have 7 stops, featuring St. John's Church.

Get ready Mokena, the Mokena Area Historical Society's Historical House and Garden tour is set to return Saturday, June 23. During the Mokena Village Board meeting on Tuesday, May 29, Mokena Historical Society President Doug Heathcock spoke before the board about just what exactly residents can expect during the tour.

“This is not like other house and garden tours that you may have been on or you may have heard about,” Heathcock said. “This is different.”

Heathcock said that there will be seven sites on the tour, which will cost $10 per person. The cost covers a guided tour via tram, which will be pulled by an old-fashioned tractor. The tours start at 10 a.m. and will run throughout the day until the final tram at 2:30 p.m, Heathcock said.

“We have live tour guides, telling you what's going on, answering questions,” he said. “Making it a great day.”

Of the seven sites featured on the tour, will be one of the main attractions. The church, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary, will be open to the public during the event and will have members of the church present to share the building's history.

“For those of you who go to St. John's, you know it's beautiful, you know it's inspirational,” Heathcock said. “For those of you who haven't been there, this is your opportunity to see what is truly one of the great landmarks of our village.”

Heathcock said that this will be the fifth annual tour, after a brief hiatus. The bar was raised so high from previous tours, he said, that the Historical Society wanted to ensure there was something for everyone on this year's tour. 

“We're very excited to offer [the tour] to you, we can't wait to see people in the village and people outside the village coming out for a great day,” Heathcock said.

The tour will go on rain or shine June 23, $10 presale tickets are on sale at the , the Front Street Market and at the .

For more information, visit Mokena.org.

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