Batavia Historical Society Fundraiser lights up the Riverwalk

Wed October 3, 2018

BATAVIA, IL – The Batavia Historical Society is building on their successful “Light Up the Caboose” campaign of 2017 by lighting up the historic Gunzenhauser/Smith Gazebo for the 2018 holiday season! 

Starting October 1, the public can help make the Depot Museum a little brighter this holiday season by purchasing a bulb as part of the “Light Up the Gazebo” fundraising campaign, that benefits the Depot Museum Expansion Project. Bulbs are $10 each or three for $25. With each gift, a paper bulb with the donor’s name or the name of your choice will be hung inside the Depot Museum between now and the November 25 Celebration of Lights Festival.

At 6 pm, during the Festival, the Depot’s Gunzenhauser/Smith Gazebo will be ceremonially lit by Betty Wormwood (formerly Betty Smith) and her family. The copper-topped gazebo stood proudly along North Batavia Avenue overlooking the Fox River. Legend says that Mr. Guzenhauser built the structure as a place he could enjoy playing his violin and smoke his cigars – neither of which Mrs. Gunzenhauser liked in the house.  The Smith family purchased the property in 1948 and cared for it for it until the property was sold and gazebo donated to the Depot Museum in 1988.  By 1991, it was fully restored and put in place next to the Gustafson Research Center, overlooking the Depot Pond. 

Donate and help us see how bright we can make it! If you are interested in sponsoring a bulb, stop by the Depot Museum Gift Shop (Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 pm) or visit The lights will be enjoyed for the entire holiday season.

For the full Celebration of Lights Festival schedule, visit

To donate to the Depot Museum Expansion Project, send a check to the Batavia Historical Society Expansion Project, P.O. Box 14, Batavia, IL 60510. The Batavia Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, plans to raise $2 million for the construction of the expansion, including the linkup to the existing Depot Museum.