Introduction to Sandwich, Illinois
The community of Sandwich was formed in 1834. The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad surveyed the area in the early 1850s. At that time, the property belonged to Almon Cage. The city was originally known as Almon in his honor, and he donated land for the construction of a depot. Cage donated free lots to people interested in starting a new life in the area. Congressman John Wentworth renamed the town Sandwich after his hometown of Sandwich, New Hampshire. Development of the town was expedited after 1855, and by 1860 there were more than 200 families residing in Sandwich.
Sandwich and nearby Attractions
- Shabbona State Park
- Stone Mill Museum
- Ellwood House Museum and Park
- Farnsworth House
- Heidecke State Fish & Wildlife Area
Things To Do In Sandwich
Sandwich is known for hosting the state's oldest county fair, which is held every September. People interested in the local history can visit the Stone Mill Museum. The Farnsworth House, considered to be an excellent example of modernistic architecture, is made completely of glass. It was constructed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1951. The city of Sandwich also offers easy access to a number of nature preserves and wildlife areas, including the Ferson Creek Fen Nature Preserve, the Heidecke State Fish & Wildlife Area, the Silver Springs State Fish & Wildlife Area and the Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area.
Chicago O’Hare International is the nearest major airport.
Sandwich Higher Education
Waubonsee Community College, Northern Illinois University and Kishwaukee College are all accessible from Sandwich.