Andover

Where tradition meets progress – Andover

This hidden treasure is a must see. Nestled in the Midwest prairie 20 miles south of the Mississippi River on Interstate 74, Andover Illinois  is the oldest community in Henry County. A place where Jenny Lind, The Swedish Nightingale, left a lasting footprint.  Each year both domestic and international travelers  visit the birthplace of Swedish, Norwegian and Danish national Lutheran Churches in America and the Jenny Lind Chapel.  A community dedicated to preserving their heritage and values since 1835.  What happens in Andover doesn’t stay here. Visit the beautiful Lake Park during More Fun on 81 where friends, guests and neighbors enjoy a day full of fun and excitement. Visit Andover Illinois and see why.

Andover Events:

  • Founders Day Service At Jenny Lind Chapel
  • More Fun On 8l
  • Swedish Service At Jenny Lind Chapel
  • Christmas Walk
  • Joy Of Christmas
  • Christmas Eve Service At Jenny Lind Chapel
  • Christmas Julotta
American Woman’s League Chapter House
440 Locust Street
61233

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 characteristics of the prairie school arts and crafts movement both in their exterior massing/detailing and their interior.

Andover
Call for scheduled appointment for individuals or group.
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.