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Historic Sites

Discover how life has changed in the past 1,300 years at the largest prehistoric Indian city north of Mexico, then move through the decades past Abraham Lincoln’s early years to present day events at historic sites.

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200 W. College Ave. Greenville IL 62246 Bond
618-664-3262618-664-3262

The 19th-century courthouse has a great view of the town’s hundreds of crab apple, red bud, and cherry trees in season. It is the centerpiece of the Square which is lined with shops, a theatre and restaurants.

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First & Elm St. Cahokia IL 62206 St. Clair
618-332-1782618-332-1782

This authentic remnant of pioneer French architecture was constructed in 1730. The building served as the center for political activity for over 100 years.

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30 Ramey Dr. Collinsville IL 62234 Madison

This is the largest prehistoric Indian city north of Mexico. Climb Monk’s Mound, see the film and lifesize village. Don’t miss annual events that focus on Native American culture. Cahokia Mounds is located on the Historic National Road.

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400 N State St, Litchfield, IL. Montgomery County
217-324-3866217-324-3866

This library, designed by Paul Moratz and funded by noted philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1904, is located in downtown Litchfield.

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200 W. Harrison St. Belleville IL 62220 St. Clair
618-234-1166618-234-1166

Built in 1866, the English Gothic architectural masterpiece is the largest Cathedral in Illinois with regularly scheduled services.

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County Hwy 4 Walsh IL 62297 Randolph
618-826-2667618-826-2667

This building is a study in physics as well as history as it was designed to withstand strong winds and capture light throughout the day.

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116 Church St. Cahokia IL 62206 St. Clair
618-337-4548618-337-4548

The oldest church west of the Alleghenies was built in the French vertical-log style.

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Buena Vista St. Chester IL 62233 Randolph
618-826-3913618-826-3913

This beautifully restored mid-1800’s home has cobalt blue windows that were described in a book by author Mark Twain. Tours by appointment and open for special events.

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1350 State Rt. 155 Prairie du Rocher IL 62277 Randolph County
618-284-7230618-284-7230

The 1750’s French Colonial fort is built atop the original stone foundation. Inside the fort is the restored powder magazine believed to be the oldest building in Illinois. The Winter and Summer Rendezvous draw thousands of visitors each year.

R.R. 1 Ellis Grove IL 62241 Randolph
618-859-3741618-859-3741

A scenic overlook offers views of the Mississippi and Kaskaskia Rivers, and of Old Kaskaskia.

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603 Locust St, Marshall, IL. Clark County
217-826-2498217-826-2498

Built in 1872, the two-story Victorian brick building featured a livery stable on the first floor and an Opera house. Harlan Hall now serves as a community center with the second floor dedicated as the National Road Welcome Center.

106 S. Fifth St. Vandalia IL 62471 Fayette County
618-283-9380618-283-9380

The National Road is called the “road that built the nation” because it was the first highway in American history. Today the National Road in Illinois covers 164 miles, from Marshall and the Wabash Valley, to East St. Louis and the Mississipi River.

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124 E. First St. Cahokia IL 62206 St. Clair
618-332-1782618-332-1782

The subject of intensive historical interest, this is the oldest brick house in the state of Illinois. It was built in 1810, by Nicholas Jarrot, a native Frenchman and landowner.

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Kaskaskia Island IL 62233 Randolph
618-859-3741618-859-3741

The bell was rung as the island was captured from the British during the Revolutionary War by Col. George Rogers Clark and his “Long Knives.”

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Between Illinois and Indiana Lawrenceville IL 62439 Lawrence
217-785-1584217-785-1584

This memorial commemorates the crossing of the Lincoln family from Indiana to Illinois in early March of 1830.

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Vandalia Statehouse Grounds Vandalia IL 62471 Fayette
618-283-1161618-283-1161

This is one of 12 statues in the U.S. honoring the pioneer women who traveled along the National Road.

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Corner George Inn Maeystown IL 62256 Monroe
618-580-5875618-580-5875

The entire 165-year-old German settlement is on the National Register of Historic Places. Restoration includes a church from 1867 and the one-lane stone arched bridge. The Corner George Inn, general store, kaffeehaus, sweet shoppe, museum and visitor’s center are open Friday through Sunday.

157 E. Church St. West Salem IL 62476 Edwards
618-456-8532618-456-8532

This congregation migrated here from North Carolina and the church building was dedicated in 1846. According to custom, the cemetery is laid out in four sections: married men, married women, boys and girls.

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106 S. Fifth St. Vandalia IL Fayette
618-283-9380618-283-9380

Learn the history of travel and transportation in the early days of our country through interactive maps, exhibits and films. You’ll see how the National Road was an important factor in the westward expansion. The Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

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South End of Third St. Vandalia IL 62471 Fayette
618-283-2728618-283-2728

Bronze markers give biographical information about prominent citizens from the earliest history of the community.

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