Naper Settlement creates community by connecting visitors to Naperville’s history through engaging, unique experiences.
As a reflection of Naperville’s history, the vision of Naper Settlement is to be a vibrant site which fosters visitor, community, and business conversations and enriching, engaging educational opportunities
Naper Settlement values education, preservation, quality visitor experiences, and community and public trust.
Experience History at Naper Settlement
Naper Settlement is a family-friendly outdoor history museum featuring 13 acres of learning and interactive opportunities for all ages. Located in downtown Naperville, Naper Settlement is just steps away from dining, shopping and the Riverwalk. Visitors are immersed in history as they learn about the past and how it relates to the present, from pioneer times to today. Highlights include special events and programs and activities year-round, both on- and off-site.
Naper Settlement was established in 1969 by a group of individuals who were interested in saving the Civil War-era St. John’s Episcopal Church from possible demolition. The group, called the Naperville Heritage Society, was a grassroots effort of community members who raised the funds, both in cash and in-kind, to have the historic church transferred to the grounds of the Martin Mitchell Mansion. Read more about the history of Naper Settlement.
In 2000, the Martin Mitchell Mansion underwent a three-year, $2.8 million restoration that brought back the Victorian beauty to its original splendor. When it re-opened in 2003, the transformation was spectacular and the mansion has won numerous awards.