Ragdale, the nationally acclaimed artist retreat located in Lake Forest, offers monthly, docent-led tours from June – September for individuals and small groups. Groups of 10 or more can also schedule group tours with advance reservations. Located on the former country estate of Arts and Crafts architect Howard Van Doren Shaw, a Ragdale tour includes: the recently restored, historic Ragdale House, visual artist studios, exquisite gardens, an introduction to the Shaw family history and the artist-in-residency program that accommodates up to 150 artists every year.
Public tours meet Saturdays at 10 a.m. on June 22, July 27, August 24 and September 21. Group tours will meet July 26 and October 25 at 2 p.m. Tours last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
These tours are rare opportunities to see behind-the-scenes at an artists’ residency, typically closed to the public. Visitors can experience the magic of this 5-acre site which includes two historic homes, several artist studios, gardens, and vistas of 50 acres of virgin prairie. The Ragdale House, originally built in 1897, in the Arts and Crafts tradition, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It re-opened in June, 2012 after undergoing a one-year, $3.2 million restoration to return it to its 1926 splendor.
Admission is $10/person; Groups of 10 or more: $8/person. Advance reservations are recommended for individuals and required for groups of 10 or more. For reservations and advance tickets: please visit the website at ragdale.org. For information, call 847-234-1063.