Cultural Heritage

Stroll into history

While driving Henry County back roads, you will see rich farmland with picturesque agricultural vistas that seem to stretch forever.  The fertile farm ground and the promise of the good life drew early pioneers to settle in Henry County.   Dotting the scenery are small towns and villages telling the stories of the land.

Eleven different museums and several agri-tourism attractions offer authentic learning experiences to visualize the stories of by-gone days.  A visit to Henry County will conjure thoughts of a simpler time while strolling past restored 1800’s-era buildings, watching farmers work the fields with mid-1900’s equipment, and experiencing historic shopping districts in many communities.

American Woman’s League Chapter House
440 Locust Street

The Chapter House was built by the American Woman's League in 1911 it is one of nine houses in the State of Illinois and one of 38 in 16 states. All are cruciform in plan and combine stylistic charact...

Call for scheduled appointment for individuals or group.
Andover Historical Museum & Grounds
418 Locust Street

This home of August Rehnstrom was built in 1861 by Eric Berglof, and served as a temporary haven for Swedish immigrants in the 1860s. It now contains memorabilia of early life in Andover. Showcased is...

Call for scheduled appointment for individuals or group.
B&B National Toy Museum
130 West Center Street

See the toys your grandparents use to play with. Over 5,000 toys are part of this passionate collector's collection dating from 1890 to 1990. A variety of antique toys, trucks, and cars including a mi...

Open by appointment
Bishop Hill Historic Colony School
West Main Street

Historic school available for rental to use for meetings, special events, and even weddings.  A spacious commercial kitchen in a historic hall provides the space for over 80 people comfortably.  Call...

Bishop Hill
Bishop Hill State Historic Site
304 South Bishop Hill Road

IHPA Bishop Hill State Museum The Olof Krans Bishop Hill Collection Bishop Hill State Historic Site is an open-air museum. Visit Utopia on the Prairie. Four historically significant buildings are owne...

Bishop Hill
March through October, Wednesday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; November through February, Thursday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bishop Hill Steeple Building
103 North Bishop Hill Street

Immigration History at the Bishop Hill Steeple Building The Bishop Hill Steeple building provides a glimpse back in history to 1854. Architecturally intriguing, this three-story stucco Greek Revival s...

Bishop Hill
April to December, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. January through March Daily 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Bishop Hill, National Historic Landmark
304 Bishop Hill Road

Bishop Hill, National Historic Landmark, will fill you with a taste of history and is an internationally recognized cultural location. The rich fertile farmland along the banks of the Edward's River b...

Bishop Hill
March through October, Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
November through February, Wednesday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cambridge Heritage Village Park
209 East Court Street

History abounds at Cambridge Heritage Village Park which provides a glimpse into Cambridge past. The Village features an 1843 Court House, 1895 Sand & Lime Johnson Record Building, Henry County Sh...

Open by appointment or during community events.
Geneseo Historical Museum
205 South State Street

The Geneseo Historical Museum features displays of local people and places in an Italianate-style home built in the mid-1800's. Walk through the 27-rooms which tell the story of how people lived in th...

Open March through November 9 a.m. to 12:00 pm. and 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. Group tours are welcomed with an appointment.
Henry County Court House
307 West Center Street

Henry County was named for Patrick Henry. In 1843, the county seat settled permanently in Cambridge, Illinois. A grand Victorian structure of brick and stone the courthouse was completed in 1880. It s...

Monday thruogh Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Group Tours by Appointment
Henry County Historical Museum
202 South Park Street

Henry County Historical Museum is the best kept secret. It is treasure trove of yesteryear artifacts that invite visitors to experience Henry County history. The agricultural collection features every...

Bishop Hill
Open May 1 through October 31, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Groups are welcome please call ahead.
Jenny Lind Chapel
604 Oak Street

Jenny Lind, left a lasting footprint in Illinois and was the first international "rock" star to visit America. Her generous donation of $1,500 to the Reverend Paul Esbjorn, pastor to a flock of Swedis...

Open May 1through October 31, Open Daily 9 a.m. to 5p.m.
Kewanee Historical Society
211 North Chestnut

The Kewanee Historical Society showcases displays on the industries that built Kewanee (Kewanee Boiler, Walworth, and Boss). It also showcases Kewanee memorabilia from the U. S. military from the Civi...

May 1 to October 1 - Thursday and Saturday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Open every day Labor Day weekend.
Orion Music Band Shell
1208 5th Street

Preservation of Orion's Music Band Shell, in 2015 celebrated 100 years of community togetherness. The band shell sparked renewed interest in the downtown spirit. During the summer's concerts, music me...

Ryan’s Round Barn
28616 Sauk Trail Rd.

Ryan's Round Barn . . . See What's 'Round the Bend! THE ROUND BARN WILL BE CLOSED TO TOURS IN 2019 FOR INSTALLATION OF A NEW ROOF.  COME AND SEE US IN 2020! This is a must-see site at the entrance to...

Closed in 2019 for installation of a new roof.
St. Mary of the Fields Holy Shrine
24772 St Mary's Road

St. Mary of the Fields Holy Shrine is nestled among the green field and golden grain it is a natural place for prayer and meditation. The grounds feature a "Rolle Bolle" rosary where the holy hour is...

Holy Hours held on the first Sunday beginning May through October. Shrine is open daily and group tours are welcomed by appointment.
VASA National Archives Museum
109 Bishop Hill Road

Sharing Rich Heritage and Values of the Old Country VASA provides sharing national Scandinavian heritage with fellow Americans, and helps others to learn or remember the meaningful ways and values of...

Bishop Hill
April through December 20, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Winter by appointment only.
Woodland Palace, Francis Park
29862 North 900 Avenue

Woodland Palace is an incredible find off the beaten path. You will find this unusual home was built way ahead of its time and filled with engineering wonders. Learn about the man who built and lived...

Open seven days a week from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. beginning the end of April through end of September.