Learn the local history of the Dole Mansion, Country Club, Franciscan Order, First Congregational Church, and the Dole.
1800 – Grain Merchant and Armour, Dole & Co
1860 – Purchased Land 1000 acres surrounding Crystal Lake
Step back to a simpler time to explore the craftsmanship and unexpected brilliance of a Civil War-era architectural masterpiece – the historic Dole Mansion.
1858 – Owned the Largest Grain Elevator
Chicago Board of Trade Committee
1863 – Started Building Architectural Styles: Romantic Italianate & Second Empire
- Detail Designs:
- Wheat Icons Designs – Grain Merchant
- Black Walnut Wood
- Pocket Doors
- Fireplaces – Marble White Carrara
- Dumb Waiter
- Servant’s Stairs
1865 – Finished Construction Cost: $100,000
- Charles Dole | Died at 85 Years Old
- Wife: Julia Louise Dole | Died at 66 years old
- Son: Sydney Hope Dole | Died at 26 years old
- Daughter 1: Mary Florence Dole | Died at 66 years old
1883 – Mary Florence Wed A.C. Stowell
- Daughter 2: Harriet(Hattie) Delia Dole | Died at 52 years old
1873 – Crystal Ice Company
Shipped blocks of ice all over the Midwest.
1896 – Dole Retired
Sold Mansion & Ice Company for $1.00 to son-in-law A.C. Stowell.
1914 – Crystal Lake Ice Company burned down
1922 – Mrs. Lou Ringling Purchased for $500,000
She was a widow of Al Ringling, oldest brother of the famous circus family.
Original Country Club of Crystal Lake
1925 – Annex Built
- Tutor style tower
- Magnificent Ballroom
- 44 Bedrooms
- 18-Hole Golf Courses
1929 – Great Depression
1938 – Doors Officially Closed
1944 – Franciscan Order of Lake Forest Purchased
Converted into St. Mary Minor School for Boys (Prep Seminary)
Annex – School & Bedrooms for the Boys
Mansion – Chapel & Home to the Franciscans
Franciscans Order Coat of Arm – Stained glass window
“Pax et Bonum”– Peace & The Good
“Via, Veritas, Vita”– The Way, The Truth, The Life
1976 – First Congregational Church (FCC) Purchased
The annex portion of the structure was renovated for use by thousands of hour of volunteer work. The Church named the facility “Lakeside Center.”
- Community Center
- Friendship House Day Care Center for Children
- Church Offices
- Meeting Rooms
- Reception Hall
- Retreat Facilities
1979 – Held the first Ice Cream Social. The Ice Cream Social grew over the years into Lakeside Festival
2002 – Major fundraising effort was underway, called the “Lakeside Legacy Project,” spearheaded by the Crystal Lake Jaycees, neighbors, and several community leaders.
In 2002, a major fundraising effort was underway, called the “Lakeside Legacy Project,” spearheaded by the Crystal Lake Jaycees, neighbors, and several community leaders. In an unprecedented groundswell, the community generously gave over one million dollars in just 42 days to enable the hastily formed Lakeside Legacy Foundation to meet a deadline, and purchase the property, and save it for the community.
Officially opened on July 4, 2005, it is owned and operated by the non-profit Lakeside Legacy Foundation, formed for the purpose of preservation, protection, and enhancement of the property. Reawakening took over two years, and several hundred thousand dollars in donations to complete.
The Lakeside Legacy Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 organization.
We are dedicated to the restoration of the Dole Mansion, you can step back to a simpler time to explore the craftsmanship and unexpected brilliance of a Civil War-era architectural masterpiece – the historic Dole Mansion. Click Here for More Information.
Our 12-acre park is an inspirational location to stimulate the senses. Learn to paint, take a culinary class, play an instrument, draw, hold a meeting or host an event! There is a lot to experience at The Dole!
September 13, 2012 – New endeavor ‘the Listening Room’ a destination to be enjoyed by both the performer and the audience.
Lakeside Legacy Foundation dedicated this beautiful venue on September 13, 2012, and was made possible by the generosity of a special group of individuals from Beach Cite, Inc. Learn More
August 22nd, 2019 – The property officially changed the name to The Dole.
Music Under The Trees
Join us for an evening of live music, food, and drinks to support The Dole
Come experience live music, food, thrilling rides, midway games, historic tours, a great selection of beer and wines, and fun for the whole family.
The Dole is excited about our Gala in 2021. A perfect night for the community to gather and support a great cause for the community.
Community Holiday Event
WHAT DONORS HELP ACCOMPLISH – EVENTS
Community Art shows and 4th Fridays support local & regional artists with a genuine commitment to excellence and the idea that art events can also be fresh + fun.
Endless entertainment possibilities for local and regional musicians, actors, directors, authors, ensemble groups, and more.
Keeping & Restoring Local History
Schedule a private tour of the historic Dole Mansion!
College and Career Path
Learn about careers that might be right for you, and narrow in on the opportunities that you want to pursue.
Open Air Farmers Market+
The Dole will host a Sunday Open Air Farmers Market+ rich with the season’s freshest locally sourced fruits, vegetables, flowers, and delicacies. It opens on June 6th, 2021!
Learn from professional chefs! Classes include healthy snacks, light meals, and pastry decorating. Hands-on learning!