Swedish Immigration

Swedish Immigration

Andover Historical Museum & Grounds
418 Locust Street
61233

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 a historic marker denoting the first post office in Henry County was located in the Andover Colony, May of 1837. Call ahead for individual or group tour appointment.

Andover
Call for scheduled appointment for individuals or group.
Jenny Lind Chapel
604 Oak Street
61233

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 Swedish immigrants who settled in Andover, the first community in Henry county. The donation provided the foundation to build a new church now known as the Jenny Lind Chapel. The “Swedish Nightingale” is featured in the museum below the Chapel and it also showcases early immigrant experiences through the exhibits, audio, and video available for viewing.

 

 

Andover
Open May 1through October 31, Open Daily 9 a.m. to 5p.m.