Schmidt-Burnham Log House



Visit the Schmidt-Burnham Log House

Come visit the Winnetka Historical Society’s Schmidt-Burnham Log House this season and join us for old-fashioned fun.  Tour our c.1837 log house and learn from costumed docents about the families who lived there and what our community was like 180 years ago. Visit during our summer open house dates (May through August) and try your hand at churning home-made butter, writing with quills, or dipping candles. Help out with pioneer-style laundry, play old-fashioned games and more.

Little Club in the Big Woods, our children’s book club with the Winnetka-Northfield Public Library.  The second and final session takes place July 30, 2018. 


1140 Willow, Winnetka, IL


The Log House is open twice a month on Sundays, seasonally from May through October.

2018 Seasonal Open Hours, 1:00PM – 4:00PM

May 6 and 20
June 3 and 17
July 8 and 22
August 5 and 19
September 9 and 23
October 7 and 21

Single Admission & Group Tour fees

Admission by donation
Free to WHS members and children 5 and under

We welcome scout groups, school groups, and adult groups also. Minimum private tour fee is $100; tours last approximately one hour. Due to the size of the house, we allow a maximum of 25 visitors in one tour. Contact us for reservations, 847-446-0001 or


From I94: Exit Willow Road east, travel approximately 1 mile. The house is located just past Hibbard Road on the south side of the street.
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Park on Euclid to the west or on Willow Road just east of the house, in front of Crow Island School. There is limited parking on the gravel drive to the west of the house.

Photography, Video and Film Policy

If you’re interested in capturing images or film of the Log House, please read our policy for more information.