Museum Rebuilding after Being Struck by Car

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Byline: Kate Grusich Daily Herald Staff Writer

From cleaning off artifacts to scanning inventory lists, volunteers at one of Lake County's oldest buildings have put in plenty of overtime in recent days.

Just over four months ago, a car crashed into Martin's General Store Museum on Route 45 in Millburn, causing extensive structural and interior damage.

While museum employees are still reeling from the loss of many irreplaceable items, historical artifacts donated by area families, they are determined to make the old-fashioned store/museum better than ever after restoration.

"The wreck kind of caused us a setback, but we would like to have it back like it would have been back when it was first established," said Dorothy Fettinger, chairwoman of the Historic Millburn Community Association, which owns and operates the museum.

The crash occurred Dec. 6, when a motorist apparently heading east on Grass Lake Road crossed Route 45 and hit a corner of the store building.

The driver, an 18-year-old Lake Villa man, was later charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and improper lane usage. While nobody was in the building at the time of the crash, both the driver and a passenger suffered injuries.

"Thankfully, nobody was in the building when it happened," Fettinger said. "Half an hour later, we had a board of directors meeting there. …