About the Churchville Schoolhouse
Step back in time with the schoolmarm or master for an authentic living history experience at the Churchville One-Room Schoolhouse! This historic structure (built circa 1850) is one of the few remaining one-room schoolhouses in Illinois on its original site and has undergone extensive restoration to make it ready for school groups and community programs. Owned by the City of Elmhurst and managed by the Elmhurst History Museum, this National Register of Historic Places property is an authentic setting for field trips for school, scout, and adult groups. Immersive history experiences featuring a 1910 teacher give visitors the opportunity to experience how farm children from the early days of DuPage County learned their daily lessons. Find out more about this engaging and interactive learning opportunity:
Book a Program
To book a program at the Churchville Schoolhouse, please submit a Contact Form here. For questions or more information, contact the Supervisor of Education Services at 630-530-6879 or via e-mail at EHMeducator@elmhurst.org.
The program is free to schools from Elmhurst and Bensenville. For all other school groups, the cost for a 2.5 hour (half-day) program is $5 per student.
The Churchville Schoolhouse is located just north of Grand Avenue (the northern boundary of Elmhurst) at 3N784 Church Road in Bensenville.
Parking and Accessibility
Free onsite parking for buses and cars is available. The Schoolhouse is accessible to visitors with disabilities via a ramp at the rear of the building.
A limited number of Transportation Assistance Grants covering bus transportation and field trip fees are available for eligible schools outside of Elmhurst that would like to visit the Churchville Schoolhouse for a living history experience. Teachers must submit an application and processing may take up to two weeks. Recipients will be notified by phone. To determine if your school is eligible for a Transportation Grant, please download and return the guidelines and application form. This grant is supported by the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation.
Download the Brochure
Download the Churchville Schoolhouse Living History Program brochure.
History of the Churchville Schoolhouse
- Learn more about this historic architectural and cultural treasure.
- Watch a video on YouTube about the history of the Churchville One-Room Schoolhouse.
What Educators are saying about us:
"Please pass along our most sincere gratitude and appreciation for the wonderful presentation we received today at the Churchville Schoolhouse. Once we got back to our classroom my students were raving about the presentation and said they learned so much today! It was such a great experience and I will be passing along the recommendation to the other teachers to come to your facility." -- Kristen N., Teacher, West Leyden High School