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Visitors to East Peoria’s oldest home step back in time

Tours of East Peoria's oldest home gives visitors the chance to catch a glimpse of the past.
Tours of East Peoria's oldest home gives visitors the chance to catch a glimpse of the past.(WEEK)
Published: Dec. 4, 2021 at 11:39 PM CST
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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) — Residents are getting the chance to catch a glimpse of the past by visiting East Peoria’s oldest home

‘The Doering Homeplace’ is a house built in 1890 by William F. and Sarah Loew Doering, East Peoria natives who were involved in coal mining and the local brickyard. The 141-year-old building is decorated for the Christmas season, with visitors getting the chance to enjoy a tour of the house.

Host Sara Doering Hauter — the great granddaughter of the builders of the home — says she enjoys welcoming the community to the property and showing them parts of the home from the earlier 20th century.

“This takes us back to a period where you actually got to slow down and breathe and enjoy and converse and have friends over,” she says. “It was just a different time and I think it’s important not to forget that.”

People who want a private tour of the Doering Homeplace can call the East Peoria Historical Society, and can also book weddings and other gatherings.

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