Barbecue on June 5th for the benefit of the 123 year old Aurora schoolhouse

The Big Woods School Foundation is holding a fundraiser for a drive-thru barbecue dinner on Saturday, June 5th. It takes place from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the 123 year old Big Woods School at 3033 N. Eola Road in Aurora.

The public is invited. The proceeds will go towards the renovation of the one-room schoolhouse built in 1917-18.

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.

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 the state recommended plan, taking into account the playground, lighting, ventilation and indoor installations.

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.

The schoolhouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 21, 2016.

For more information, call (630) 460-7193 or visit

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