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“A Unique Piece of Americana and History”

Fabyan Villa Museum & Japanese Garden
Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Geneva
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 3 August 2013

Col. George Fabyan was a true American character. He built a personal fortune in business in the early part of the 20th century and used that to create the Fayban Farms and Riverbank Labs. The old farm house on the property was remodeled by Frank LLoyd Wright; it is now the Villa. Fabyan imported a Japanese couple to create the beautiful and tranquil garden. The former estate, now a County park, extends over the Fox River and includes the most authentic, working Dutch windmill in America. There is far too much to see to list here. Go for yourself, take a picnic and plan to spend the day.

1  Thank Colin C
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Reviewed 1 August 2013

Lovely restored japanese garden. Somewhat limited hours for public access but worth checking for hours to walk thru. Docents do a nice job of explaining history and meaning of the garden

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Reviewed 31 July 2013

The bridge from Island Park to the Fabyan Villa Museum and Japanese Garden is endlessly "under repair."

A bit longer walk around the path gets you to these exhibits.

Well-worth the additional steps to experience these places.

2  Thank Keen M
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

Lots of things to see and do here - Dutch windmill, Japanese Garden, bike trails, hiking, wildlife, picnics and more - check it out - parking off either Route 25 or Route 31 just north of Fabyan Parkway

1  Thank jerrytomsolo
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

The Fabyan Villa shows you how the Fabyan family was living here during the last century, The gardens are kept up very nicely and on Wednesday and Weekends you can visit the Japanese Garden for a stroll or just to meditate. Sometimes it is also used for special photographic events, but you need to make an appointment for it. Enjoy also a stroll along the Fox River or take a bike

1  Thank Sibylla O
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