Visitors will have an opportunity to visit the historic Stickney House in Bull Valley during the Victorian Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at 1904 Cherry Valley Road.

“Everyone is welcome,” said Stickney House Foundation President Nicole Horn. “It’s a chance for the public to see the house outside of regular business hours.”

The sixth annual open house will feature light refreshments, vendors and free face painting for children. It also will serve as a collection event for the local U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. Visitors are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys which will be distributed to children in the McHenry County area.

The Toys for Tots drive is ongoing, and toys can be dropped off at the Stickney House any time between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To arrange a toy drop-off at a different time, call 815-459-4833. The last collection day of the Toys for Tots drive will be Dec. 11.

“We have the open house so the public can meet foundation members, ask them questions and see the interior of the home,” said Horn. “It will be decorated for the holidays.”

Visitors can view ongoing restoration work being done on the house. The most recently completed project was a stair replacement on the north side of the building for public access. Horn said the foundation is gearing up to begin work on the second-floor ballroom in spring 2018, using funds from the recent Bull Valley Oktoberfest event.

The Stickney House Foundation is a recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Its mission is to restore the historic structure that dates back to 1865 and currently houses the village offices and the police department.

The foundation is still accepting 2017 donations for continued restoration efforts.

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