Geneseo Historical Museum

Geneseo Historical Museum

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 the past and Geneseo’s history.

Hanging in the main floor living area is a chandelier to take your breath away.åÊ Each room is decorated with history and one room you will want to visit is the basement. Geneseo was founded by a group of religious colonists that emigrated from New York. They left New York because they were opposed to slavery and were abolitionist. View the space used for runaway slaves escaping the north on the Underground Railroad.

A wide variety of President Abraham Lincoln artifacts is the centerpiece of the museum.åÊ Items featured include an original 1860 Lincoln election tally, and a book of reminiscences of Abraham Lincoln and a desk from George Shaw, a Tremont, area attorney. View a dress was worn to one of Lincoln’s inaugural ball.

The new carriage house built to reflect the grandeur of the Italianate-style home houses Geneseo’s agricultural history. View a doctor’s carriage, agriculture tools, and equipment.åÊ Tools used to build the Hennepin Canal and early Geneseo firefighters equipment. View the Native American and Chief Black Hawk display, Kent Feed and hog farming exhibit, and the record-setting harness racing horse, Dan Patch.

Geneseo continues to grow, and changes yet remains a city of beauty and beliefs. Learn about its founders and how they nurtured its growth into the 21st century. A visit to the museum and the carriage house is a delightful way to explore Geneseo’s heritage.

205 South State Street
Geneseo
Illinois
61254
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.
309 944-3403
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