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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.

American Woman’s League Chapter House
Address: 440 Locust Street
61233
City: Andover
Hours: Call for scheduled appointment for individuals or group.
Description:

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 charact...

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Andover Historical Museum & Grounds
Address: 418 Locust Street
61233
City: Andover
Hours: Call for scheduled appointment for individuals or group.
Description:

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...

B&B National Toy Museum
Address: 130 West Center Street
61238
City: Cambridge
Hours: Open by appointment
Description:

See the toys your grandparents use to play with. Over 5,000 toys are part of this passionate collector's collection dating from 1890 to 1990. A variety of antique toys, trucks, and cars including a mi...

Bishop Hill Historic Colony School
Address: West Main Street
61419
City: Bishop Hill
Description:

Historic school available for rental to use for meetings, special events, and even weddings.  A spacious commercial kitchen in a historic hall provides the space for over 80 people comfortably.  Call...

Bishop Hill State Historic Site
Address: 304 South Bishop Hill Road
61419
City: Bishop Hill
Hours: March through October, Wednesday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; November through February, Thursday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Description:

IHPA Bishop Hill State Museum The Olof Krans Bishop Hill Collection Bishop Hill State Historic Site is an open-air museum. Visit Utopia on the Prairie. Four historically significant buildings are owne...

Bishop Hill Steeple Building
Address: 103 North Bishop Hill Street
61419
City: Bishop Hill
Hours: April to December, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. January through March Daily 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Description:

Immigration History at the Bishop Hill Steeple Building The Bishop Hill Steeple building provides a glimpse back in history to 1854. Architecturally intriguing, this three-story stucco Greek Revival s...

Cambridge Heritage Village Park
Address: 209 East Court Street
61238
City: Cambridge
Hours: Open by appointment or during community events.
Description:

History abounds at Cambridge Heritage Village Park which provides a glimpse into Cambridge past. The Village features an 1843 Court House, 1895 Sand & Lime Johnson Record Building, Henry County Sh...

Geneseo Historical Museum
Address: 205 South State Street
61254
City: Geneseo
Hours: 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.
Description:

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 th...

Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park
Address: 24000 N 1920th St
City: Atkinson
Description:

The Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park, a 104-mile linear park, is a rustic, historic, educational, and recreational jewel spanning five counties and includes the entire width of Henry County with acce...

Henry County Court House
Address: 307 West Center Street
61238
City: Cambridge
Hours: Monday thruogh Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Group Tours by Appointment
Description:

Henry County was named for Patrick Henry. In 1843, the county seat settled permanently in Cambridge, Illinois. A grand Victorian structure of brick and stone the courthouse was completed in 1880. It s...

Henry County Historical Museum
Address: 202 South Park Street
61419
City: Bishop Hill
Hours: Open May 1 through October 31, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Groups are welcome please call ahead.
Description:

Henry County Historical Museum is the best kept secret. It is treasure trove of yesteryear artifacts that invite visitors to experience Henry County history. The agricultural collection features every...

Jenny Lind Chapel
Address: 604 Oak Street
61233
City: Andover
Hours: Open May 1through October 31, Open Daily 9 a.m. to 5p.m.
Description:

Jenny Lind left a lasting footprint in Illinois and was the first international "rock star" to visit America. She gave a generous donation of $1,500 to the Reverend Paul Esbjorn, pastor to a flock of...

Kewanee Historical Society
Address: 211 North Chestnut
61443
City: Kewanee
Hours: May 1 to October 1 - Thursday and Saturday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Open every day Labor Day weekend.
Description:

The Kewanee Historical Society showcases displays on the industries that built Kewanee (Kewanee Boiler, Walworth, and Boss). It also showcases Kewanee memorabilia from the U. S. military from the Civi...

Orion Music Band Shell
Address: 1208 5th Street
61273
City: Orion
Description:

Preservation of Orion's Music Band Shell, in 2015 celebrated 100 years of community togetherness. The band shell sparked renewed interest in the downtown spirit. During the summer's concerts, music me...

Ryan’s Round Barn
Address: 28616 Sauk Trail Rd.
61443
City: Kewanee
Hours: Closed in 2019 for installation of a new roof.
Description:

Ryan's Round Barn . . . See What's 'Round the Bend! THE ROUND BARN WILL BE CLOSED TO TOURS IN 2019 FOR INSTALLATION OF A NEW ROOF.  COME AND SEE US IN 2020! This is a must-see site at the entrance to...

St. Mary of the Fields Holy Shrine
Address: 24772 St Mary's Road
City: Prophetstown
Hours: Holy Hours held on the first Sunday beginning May through October. Shrine is open daily and group tours are welcomed by appointment.
Description:

St. Mary of the Fields Holy Shrine is nestled among the green field and golden grain it is a natural place for prayer and meditation. The grounds feature a "Rolle Bolle" rosary where the holy hour is...

VASA National Archives Museum
Address: 109 Bishop Hill Road
61419
City: Bishop Hill
Hours: 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.
Description:

Sharing Rich Heritage and Values of the Old Country VASA provides sharing national Scandinavian heritage with fellow Americans, and helps others to learn or remember the meaningful ways and values of...

Woodland Palace, Francis Park
Address: 29862 North 900 Avenue
61443
City: Kewanee
Hours: Open seven days a week from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. beginning the end of April through end of September.
Description:

Woodland Palace is an incredible find off the beaten path. You will find this unusual home was built way ahead of its time and filled with engineering wonders. Learn about the man who built and lived...

Central Schoolhouse Inn
Address: 115 E. North Street
61254
City: Geneseo
Description:

Built in 1856, Central Schoolhouse was the first public school building in Geneseo. The school started with all ages, however as the town quickly grew it served as the south elementary building until...