Montgomery's Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) began working in 2006 to restore an 1840s home in downtown Montgomery to use as a local archive and museum. The home, called Settler's Cottage, is located at 198 N. River Street (in front of the Village Hall) across from the VFW. This house is the oldest remaining structure in the Village and was originally owned by Daniel S. Gray, the founder of Montgomery.
The HPC sought grants and conducted fundraising activities for several years to pay for the restoration of this building. It opened as a museum in August 2010 and is now open several times each month from April to October. There is no charge for admission. Exhibits rotate annually so there is always something new to see. For more information, or to make an appointment to visit the museum outside of regular hours, please contact Debbie Buchanan at (630) 896-8080 ext. 9003.
In 2011, the Settler's Cottage project (PDF) was awarded a Governor's Home Town Award for being a fine example of a project accomplished with volunteer hours and great community support.