Sometimes you end up taking the road less followed; especially if the main road is flooded and impassible.
Julius Angelo Carpenter, along with his dad and uncle, were traveling through the area when spring floods hit, forcing them to make camp along the east bank of the Fox River and wait it out. The floods receded but Carpenter decided to stay and in 1851 settled the area now known as the Village of Carpentersville in Kane County.
Carpenter built the first store, bridge and factory; and later served two terms in the Illinois House of Representatives. He was instrumental in bringing the Illinois Iron & Bolt Company foundry to the area, creating jobs for residents.
The community’s Library Hall is listed on the National Register of Historical Places and part of the Dundee Township Historic District. The Romanesque style building was built in the late 1890s as a memorial to Carpenter.
Today Carpentersville is home to the Meadowdale Shopping Center, major grocery and home goods retailers, nurseries, movie theaters. Residents enjoy the outdoors with Carpenter Park and Raceway Woods Forest Preserve. The forest preserve formerly was home to a popular automobile racetrack.
Local students are served by Barrington Community Unit School District 220[; and Community Unit School District 300 including Dundee-Crown High School and Carpentersville Middle School.