The Homestead

The Naper Homestead is a new park built at the location of our founder's home where he settled in July of 1831. The property is at the corner of Jefferson and Mill streets in downtown Naperville, Illinois.

In July of 2011, construction began to build this park and in November a ribbon cutting opened it to the public. Naper's statue is the finishing touch on the park, and it was installed August 9, 2013. 

A dedication and unveiling was held on August 23.

On these pages are chronicled the construction of the park and show some of its features, but by all means come visit and stand amidst our town's origins.


The End of a Journey

Ruth By Lake And Prairie available online or at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville

Available in softcover or e-book

Now read
how it started,
and experience
the journey
through the eyes
of Joseph Naper's
niece, Ruth

from their home in Ashtabula, Ohio; over the Great Lakes aboard the schooner Telegraph; to the shores that would one day become Chicago; by foot and wagon to the DuPage River,. Join Ruth and the pioneer families as they follow Uncle Joe to a new home.