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The Gifford Park Association: A Self-Driven Tour

The Gifford Park Association: A Self-Driven Tour

Did you know there are over 600 homes in the Elgin community that are historically registered? In fact, there are neighborhoods with so many historic homes that they’ve caught the eyes of Hollywood. Directors, actors and crews have come to our community to film over the years. Our historic neighborhoods have made the perfect background for TV shows and movies that take place in a different time period. You have to see it for yourself. Hop in the car, and take a trip through time as you explore some of Elgin’s most historic homes. And be sure to click the name of each home to hear an audio recording of the history behind each home and its owners.

Gifford Park Association


Stop 1 | James & Sarah Palmer – 1897

Stop 2 | Dickinson Flats – 1892


Stop 4 | John Newman – 1887


Stop 39 | John Spire – 1871

Thanks to the City of Elgin Heritage Commission!

If you’re interested in learning more about Elgin’s history visit the Elgin History Museum‘s website to browse pictures and more historical resources!

If you liked this tour you’ll want to check out our Elgin Commercial Historic District Driving Tour!

Did you take some awesome photos during your tour? We would love to see them! Show us by posting them and using the hashtag #ExploreElgin