Barbecue fundraiser in aid of the historic Aurora schoolhouse

AURORA, IL – Who would have thought barbecuing could be so useful? Your pork chop purchase could save history, or at least a small piece of it.

The Big Woods School Foundation is hosting Saturday, June 5th, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the historic 123 year old Big Woods School, 3033 N. Eola Rd. In Aurora.

The proceeds will go towards the renovation of the one-room schoolhouse built in 1917-18. The schoolhouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 21, 2016.

Dinner consists of half a chicken, two pork chops, or a combination. Sides are apple sauce, baked beans, coleslaw and rolls and butter. Meals are prepared by 5B’s Catering of Waterman.

Tickets are $ 15. To order, call (630) 460-7193 or (630) 202-8206 or order online at

The Big Woods School Foundation is a not-for-profit organization. Their main objective is to restore and preserve the historic character (including the interior and exterior) of the Big Woods School building and to educate children and the public about one-room schoolhouses.

The Big Woods School replaced the original Big Woods School, which was built in the mid-19th century and was derelict. The red brick school building is handcrafted.

It was one of the first DuPage County’s schoolhouses to be built under the Illinois Sanitation Act of 1915, creating a set of modern safety and sanitary standards for the state’s public schools. The school’s plan is essentially the same as that recommended by the state, with considerations for playground area, lighting, ventilation, and indoor installation.

In 1963 the school was closed due to the merger with two nearby schools and the building was sold to a private owner. It is now owned by the Big Woods School Foundation, an Aurora-based nonprofit protection group.

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