|Geneva house built of local limestone, dated 1855|
While Batavia made windmills and other agricultural machinery, Geneva in turn processed the products of agriculture. A creamery was one of the first industries; Geneva mills also processed flax, made sugar from corn, and milled grain for flour.
Whether we took route 25 along the east side of the river, or Batavia Avenue along the west side of the river, I always loved the drive to Geneva. I would sit in the back seat of the car and look out the window at the houses we'd pass. Shaded by cool trees, or glimpsed down a winding driveway beyond two stone pillars, many were large Victorian wood-framed houses, some with the pointed elaborate towers of the Queen Anne style, and others the boxy Italianate style of an earlier era, with square cupolas crowning the roof. There were wrought iron spiky fences painted glossy black, and there were stone lions or urns flanking the entrance to these places of wonder.
|Kane County Courthouse|
|The small door in the wing of this columned house used to be Robin's Bookshop|
Today there are outdoor seating areas for coffee and ice cream shops, and benches ranged along the sidewalks for shoppers to sit and chat. Affluent power couples steer deluxe supercharged strollers through the streams of tourists, the occasional jogger, and the civic-minded volunteers who, on my visit, were busy painting the fire hydrants to celebrate Homecoming Week.
|The Little Traveler|
|Movie theatre, now a gastro-pub|
|State Street with gardens|
Sigh. You can't please everyone!
|Little Owl Tavern|