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.

Henry County Historical Museum
202 South Park Street
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
Open May 1through October 31, Open Daily 9 a.m. to 5p.m.
Kewanee Historical Society
211 North Chestnut
May 1 to October 1 Thursday and Saturday, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Open Everyday Labor Day Weekend
Ryan’s Round Barn
28616 Sauk Trail Rd.
Tours are available May through October, the first and third Saturday of each month. 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Group Tours of 10 or More by Appointment.
St. Mary of the Fields Holy Shrine
24772 St Mary's Road
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
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
Open seven days a week from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. beginning the end of April through end of September.