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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.