(Pronounced Frahn-tso-zen-bush)

Welcome to our site!

Franzosenbusch, a mid-nineteenth century community of German immigrants, was centered around the crossroads of 22nd Street and Wolf Road.  The name Franzosenbusch is German for "Frenchman's Woods".  The different construction periods of the Prairie House depict more than 150 years of human history against the backdrop of Wolf Road Prairie Nature Preserve.

Click HERE or on the photo to the right to see how the schoolhouse became the Franzosenbusch Prairie House.

Click to hear
Franzosenbusch pronounced.

Franzosenbusch Prairie House Museum & Nature Center                                           Photo by Lawrence Godson
11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester, Illinois 60154   Click Here for Map | Send your comments, queries and info to J.Arbuthnot@sbcglobal.net

"The mission of the Franzosenbusch Heritage Project is to preserve and restore the two-room schoolhouse located within Franzosenbusch Prairie House.  The purpose of the museum, library and archives is to collect, study, interpret and exhibit material relating to the history of the House and area and to provide related educational services for enriching knowledge."

Information on the larger Proviso Township area is available by clicking on links in the left sidebar.

We invite you to become part of the on-going process of this historical investigation!  We need your help and hope you enjoy our website.  Please check out our Visitor Experience.

A note about the historical content on this web site:
We are constantly searching for cross references to verify our historical information.  Whenever we find such info we will endeavor to let you know about it.  In the meantime the reader is cautioned to apply common sense in realizing that in spite of their best efforts, the remembrances of individuals and even the writings of historians are not always 100% accurate.

Last Site Update February 28, 2017