Wheaton is a suburban city in Milton and Winfield Townships and is the county seat of DuPage County, Illinois, United States. It is located approximately 30 miles west of Chicago and can be reached by train. There are approximately 36 churches listed on the city website (yes, it seems like one beautiful church after another on “every” corner) and one Islamic Center.
Excerpts from the official Wheaton website tell the story of a brave and determined past for the city which was founded by those that found slavery inhumane. Check out these quotes from the late 1800’s when the system know as the Underground Railroad weaved its way through broader Illinois and Wheaton specifically.
Mr. Lewis printed The Wheaton Flag, an abolition newspaper in Wheaton. In 1860, the masthead read, “Unalienable the rights of freeman.” In the “Old Time Democracy” column of the July 4, 1860 edition, quotes were printed:
“I never would have drawn my sword in the case of America if I could have conceived that thereby I was helping to found a nation of slaves.” – Lafayette
“It is wrong to admit into the constitution the idea that there can be property in man.” – James Madison
“Slavery is contrary to the law and nature.” – William Writ
Sentiments ran so strong at the beginning of Wheaton that James Burr is buried on the campus of Wheaton College. He wanted to be buried on “free” soil, not in a cemetery where those who were pro-slavery might be buried.
When the call for recruits for the Civil War came, Wheaton College students were among the first to enlist in support of abolishing slavery.
The railroad runs through town and is an ever-present force whether one is taking the train to Chicago (about an hour) or stopping on your way back from one of the old town’s farmers markets!
Farmers markets happen on Saturdays and families turn out in great numbers to attend!
Loads of fresh fruits and vegetables abound!
Darling dresses and French-inspired textiles are available:
And how about a tasty sausage, British style?
Or a beautiful decoration for your home?
Some handcrafted pottery?
Or purchasing some spring color for the patio? It seems flowers thrive everywhere in Wheaton…
After spending time at the farmers market, why not walk up to the old town past the fountain for a sweet treat?
The many shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs offer a wide variety of engaging and restful propositions for the visitor and local alike!
On the weekends, take in a special showing at the town’s classic theater…
And last but not least, another pair of beautiful blooms to remember a lovely visit to Wheaton, Illinois.