Historic Durant House at Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve

When I was a teenager I thought someday I’d move away and live in a more exciting place than the Chicago suburbs. High school and college graduations came and went and I found myself putting down roots back in my hometown. Eventually I moved a further tad west toward the country and have learned to appreciate the simple and graceful beauty of Illinois prairies. We have many parks, bike paths, scenic country roads, and quaint little shops that I’ve grown to love and appreciate. The historic Durant House at Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve is one such place.

Historic Durant House at Leroy Oakes Forest PreserveThis red brick historic home sits in the middle of a beautiful forest preserve laced with bike and running paths.

 

Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles, IllinoisThese running paths are very familiar to me as this is where I do the majority of my training for the upcoming Naperville Marathon.

 

Historic Durant House at Leroy Oakes Forest PreserveI love the stone path and the rustic wooden front door on the historic Durant house at Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve. It’s a little bit of eye candy while I’m running through the preserve.

 

Six over Six window on historic Durant HouseThe gingham check curtains are charming against the rustic brick. The historic Durant House is open for viewing on weekends, along with other historic buildings located in the preserve.

 

Historic Durant House at Leroy Oakes Forest PreserveA clapboard add-on resides on the back of the house.

 

Historic Durant House at Leroy Oakes Forest PreserveThe back door opens into the primitive, makeshift kitchen.

 

Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles, IllinoisBehind the house is a big red barn where the running path meanders.

 

Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles, Illinois

 

Red-Wing Blackbird at Leroy Oakes Forest PreserveThese red-wing blackbirds are prolific throughout Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve.

 

Red-Wing Blackbird at Leroy Oakes Forest PreserveHe might look cute but they love to dive bomb your head while running past their nest.

 

Great Western Trail at Leroy Oakes Forest PreserveLuckily the path at the forest preserve turns into a heavily shaded path of 17 miles.

 

Historic Durant House at Leroy Oakes Forest PreserveI’m so grateful I didn’t listen to my teenage self and move away from the area after college. I love all that our area has to offer, like the historic buildings, running and bike paths, country roads, quaint shops, bucolic forest preserves, and yes – even the pesky red-winged blackbirds.

In just a few short weeks I’ll be running 26.2 miles at the marathon. Wish me luck! ย ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. What a gorgeous area you live in. Cute blackbird. We have nasty magpies that love dive-bombing – they’re bigger than your blackbird so you need to wear a hat with sticks on it in summer – very glamorous! Good luck with your marathon ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Great pictures … loved the tour.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  3. Discovered your blog through Pinterest and now follow you regularly. I was raised and live in Naperville. Best wishes at the marathon. Keep up the great content.

  4. Ohhh, Good luck to you! I’m just working up to a half marathon. I wish I could train with you in that beautiful place! You go girl!!

  5. What a beautiful running path! Wow Jennifer you amaze me! I can only run two miles now.How do you train to get up to 26 miles?How long does it take you?Two miles takes me 25-30 minutes!
    xx
    Anne

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