HO Scale Diorama & Christmas Village

Naperville, Illinois – the inspiration for Oak Valley

Our New England ancestors arrived in Naperville (a small town near Chicago) in 1833. At that time, it was a farming community, but the evangelical college had just relocated to Naperville.  It was at the college where our great-grandparents, Guy and Nannie, met and fell in love.  I have great fondness for several small towns of my ancestral towns, but for Oak Valley, I needed a flat terrain with snow.

Naperville has a river, and Oak Valley only has a stream.  In his diary, our great-grandfather, Guy,  mentions taking  Nannie for a buggy ride to see a hill, because she was so homesick for the hills and mountains of East Tennessee.

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2 responses

  1. Elaine Davis

    Love your inspiration! I had a friend who lived there at one time, but I never visited. I’m sure it didn’t look anything like it did way back when!

    August 7, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    • I hope to visit Naperville in the next couple of years.

      August 8, 2017 at 3:00 am

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