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History & Culture in ILLINOISouth

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.

1675 Kaskaskia Church Foundation

The Kaskaskia Bell State Memorial is home to the Kaskaskia Bell. France's King Louis XV gifted the 140-pound bell to the Catholic Church of New France...more!

Ainad Shriners of Southern Illinois

Discover the historic Ainad Temple on your upcoming ILLINOISouth adventure. The Ainad Temple, established in 1912, received its official charter in...more!

Alfred Brown Museum

Discover the history of ILLINOISouth at the Alfred Brown Museum in Sparta, IL. The museum exhibits a large collection of postcards from the 1904 World...more!

American Farm Heritage Museum

The American Farm Heritage Museum is home to a selection of farm implements, tools, tractors and other equipment dating back over 100 years. A 16,0...more!

ASC Memorial Sculpture

Visit the ASC Memorial Sculpture in front of the convent of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ. The statue honors the five sisters martyred in Liberia...more!

Bellefontaine House

Originally the home of Captain James Moore, the Bellefontaine House was the first American settlement in the State of Illinois. Located along the Kask...more!

Berger-Kiel Log House

Get a glimpse into local life in the 1800's viewing the log house, the Anstedt barn and period garden. By appointment....more!

Bond County Courthouse

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 S...more!

Bosshard Monument

The Bosshard Monument stands as a tribute to Swiss poet Heinrich Bosshard, who wrote Semparcherlied here in the 1850's. Poet, history and German cu...more!

Burl Ives Grave

Mound Cemetery in Newton houses the final resting place of legendary entertainer Burl Ives. Ives' granite monument serves as a remembrance for those w...more!

Carnegie Museum

The collection of books and artifacts of World Famous Ornithologist Robert Ridway and artifacts from the oil, military, education, farming and medical...more!

Cathedral of St. Peter

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

Centralia Carillon

The Centralia Carillon ranks among the top 10 largest in the world, standing at 160 feet with 65 bells cast in Annecy, France in 1982 and 1983. The...more!

Centralia Historical Society Museum

Termed "One of the Hidden Gems of the Midwest", this 3 story former grocery warehouse features a large model train layout, agriculture and oil memorab...more!

Charley Brown Park

Swimming pool, campground, ball fields, home of Little Toot Railroad...more!

Charter Oak "8-Sided" School

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....more!

Cholera Cross

The original wooden cross was erected in 1850 by a farmer in thanksgiving for his family being spared during a cholera epidemic. Subsequent owners of ...more!

Chouteau Island

Chouteau Island is an extensive floodplain that gives visitors an opportunity to hike trails, view wildlife, fish, hunt, walk the historical bridge, &...more!

Civil War Fort

Visit an exact replica of a Civil War Fort complete with a jail, one room home, livery and log cabins. Be sure to see the display of area churches and...more!

Civil War Monument at the Veterans' Memorial

This honors generations of soldiers who sacrificed their lives for their country....more!

Clark County Genealogical Library

Founded in 1975, the Clark County Genealogical Library is a non-profit concerned with the collection and preservation of genealogy and Clark County's ...more!

Clark County Historical Museum

The Manly-McCann House, built in 1838, is on the National Register of Historic Places and houses most of the museum collection. Open Sundays from 2 to...more!

Clay County Historical Society Museum

The Museum occupies the former Clay County Jail and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is open to groups or individuals by appo...more!

Clinton County Historical Museum

Built in the late 1800s as a private home, the museum holds many artifacts from the area, including genealogical material, books and periodicals on th...more!

Coal Miners Monument

Joseph Koch, who along with eight other local miners died in a mine explosion in 1947, is depicted here....more!

Cohen House

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 fo...more!

Crawford County Historical Museum

Visit the Crawford County Historical Society's 15 rooms of Ole Crawford History. The museum also houses the Wabash Valley Archaeology Society downstai...more!

The Creole House

The house built in 1800 is an example of a combination of French and American architecture. Tours by appointment....more!

Cumberland County Historical & Genealogical Museum

Find exhibits related to the National Road, Abraham Lincoln, county founders and favorite sons, Jerry & Dick VanDyke. There's also a tribute to ve...more!

Cumberland Covered Bridge

The Historic National Road follows Old Hwy. 40 across the state. As it goes through Greenup, the road crosses the Embarras River. In 2000, the one-lan...more!

Dahlgren Depot

The original St. Louis and South-Eastern Railroad Depot remains in excellent condition. Builders began work on the railroad depot in 1870. When constr...more!

The DeMoulin Museum

See lodge initiation devices and related paraphernalia from the early 1900s like the low-down buck goat, lung tester and invisible paddle machine. Tod...more!

Edwards County Historical Society Museum

This museum is located at the birthplace of Louis Lincoln Emmerson, who was Governor of Illinois from 1929-1933. Open by appointment....more!

Emma Kunz House

Considered to be the oldest Greek Revival-style home in Illinois, the house contains antiques and memorabilia from the 1800s. By appointment only....more!

Excel Bottling & Brewing Co.

Book a tour of Excel Bottling & Brewing Co. on your upcoming ILLINOISouth adventure in Breese, IL! Excel produces Southern Illinois' beloved s...more!

Fayette County Museum

The museum contains Lincoln-era memorabilia and artifacts of the people living in the county. Of special interest is an original paper press from the ...more!

Fife Opera House in Historic Palestine

In 1898, David Fife began the construction of the second story opera house in downtown Palestine. On the street level, Fife operated a hardware store ...more!

First Official Airmail Flight Mural

Dorothea Mierisch's mural commemorates the first official airmail flight in McLeansboro on September 26, 1912. Today, you can visit the mural in the c...more!

Flora Depot Museum

The Depot is located right by the tracks and houses not only the Museum, but a conference room and offices. Search the photos and exhibits for the lov...more!

Fort de Chartres

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...more!

Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site

Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site preserves the time-worn earthen remains of Fort Kaskaskia, constructed by the French ca. 1759 to defend the town of...more!

Garrison Hill Cemetery

This cemetery was created when graves were moved from Kaskaskia Island to Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site in the 1890s after a flood. According to ...more!

Gateway Arch & Riverboats at the Gateway Arch

Discover the Mighty Mississippi River and the "Gateway to the West" during your upcoming ILLINOISouth adventure. Located minutes from Southern Illinoi...more!

Gateway Classic Cars & Museum

See everything from Model T's to Muscle cars and shop the Antique Mall for classic car models and memorabilia....more!

Gateway Geyser

ILLINOISouth is home to the second tallest fountain in the world! The Gateway Geyser sits across from St. Louis' Gateway Arch on the Mississippi river...more!

Genealogical Library in Marshall

Founded in 1975, the building houses historical records including family history, county births, deaths, marriages, war records, census records and ce...more!

Governor Bond State Memorial

Visit the Governor Bond State Memorial, which marks the burial site of the first Governor of Illinois, Shadrach Bond. U.S. Senator Elias Kent Kane, Il...more!

Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum

The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum is a one-of-a-kind museum that brings the incredible history of flight to life for thousands of visitors ea...more!

Greenup Train Depot & Museum

Who doesn't love trains? Static displays, trains running through model layouts and even a train circling the room inches from the ceiling will grab yo...more!

Hamel School Log Cabin

Built between 1820 and 1852, the building contains artifacts from that period. By appointment....more!

Hamilton County Museum

The museum houses photos and other artifacts detailing the history of the area. Located on the Second Floor of the McCoy Memorial Library....more!

Hanna House Museum

The Hanna House Museum is open Saturdays, April through October,10 a.m.--2 p.m. except on holidays. It is located at 101 E. Center Street, Fairfield, ...more!

Harlan Hall

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 comm...more!

Heath Museum and Confectionary

This museum is located on the West Side of the Square in Robinson. Enjoy ice cream and sodas from an old-fashioned soda fountain while listening to yo...more!

Heritage House

This Victorian Home built in 1874, features complete turn-of-the-century furniture and artifacts. Sunday afternoons April to the Sunday before Christm...more!

Heritage House Museum

The complex includes three properties; Dr. Poos Home & Medical Museum (202 N. Front St); the Frank Schlosser Home (114 W. Walnut), a turn- of-the-...more!

Historic 1859 Edwards County Jail

In 2004, the Historical Society began the restoration of the former County Jail to house the society's library and genealogical collection. Nearby, th...more!

Historic National Road Scenic Byway

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...more!

History Museum of Monroe County

Anchored by Col. Edd Kueker's extensive collection of Western memorabilia including a stagecoach, wagons, bridles, saddles and so much more. The colle...more!

Hoiles-Davis Museum

Formerly a private residence, this is now home to an extensive collection of Civil War and WWI memorabilia, Indian artifacts, domestic arts and items ...more!

Holy Family Museum

This museum is located by the oldest church west of the Alleghenies. It holds the most cherished artifacts, including chalices, missals, vestments and...more!

Hutson Memorial Village (Hutson Cabins)

This reconstructed 1812 settler village, was erected through the industrious efforts of the Hutsonville Historic Society. Begun in 1967, it honors the...more!

Illinois Amateur Softball Association Museum

In 2010, the IASA selected Casey as the permanent home for its Hall of Fame. The museum became a part of the current Casey Softball Hall of Honor. It ...more!

Illinois Central Railroad Riverwalk

Walk along the former historic Illinois Central Railroad to the beautiful scenery that is the Kaskaskia River. You enter the trail behind he Fayette C...more!

Illinois Military Museum

The Carnegie Library has cleverly converted bookshelves into displays of medals, photos, weapons and other memorabilia. Mannequins are outfitted in so...more!

Illinois Oil Field Museum

This museum is located at the west edge of Oblong and is one of only 7 such facilities in the nation. Featured are displays, tools, books, and a full ...more!

Illinois Rural Heritage Museum

Visitors enjoy exhibits depicting life in rural areas complete with authentic items from the period. The highlight of the the museum will be the machi...more!

Ingram's Pioneer Log Cabin Village

16 pre-Civil War furnished cabins are open for self-guided tours. Open April 15-Nov 15....more!

Izaak Walton Park

The Park provides a boat ramp onto Lake McLeansboro, restroom facilities, and the Izaak Walton Log Cabin. The cabin, built by the local chapter of the...more!

Jailhouse Rock

Put on your blue suede shoes and get ready to party with celebrity impersonator Elvis Presley....more!

Jarrot Mansion

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 nat...more!

Jasper County Museum

The Museum, housed together with the Newton Library, was started in 1966 by two druggists, Henry and Frank Schackman, who donated the first items. Mon...more!

Jim Beasley Veterans Tribute at Kaskaskia College

Jim Beasley Veterans Tribute at Kaskaskia College honors combat and non-combat service men and women from five ILLINOISouth counties: Bond Cli...more!

Kaskaskia Bell Shrine and the Liberty Bell of the West

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."...more!

Katherine Dunham Museum

The museum displays costumes, photographs, programs, letters, awards and mementos from Miss Dunham's career as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, write...more!

Kid's Kingdom

A re-creation of Historic McLeansboro where children can climb, swing, slide and play. The park also offers a pavilion, bathroom facilities, and a woo...more!

Kinmundy Log Cabin Village

Visit the Kinmundy Log Cabin Village to see 19th century pioneer-era log structures and artifacts of a time long past. The Kinmundy Log Cabin Villiage...more!

L. Haas Store Museum

The museum features a rather unique display. Bill Hanna, "The Humane Hangman," is showcased with the tools of his trade from an era when cri...more!

Labor & Industry Museum

The Labor & Industry Museum is the only public institution devoted to the history of the labor and industry of Belleville and southwestern Illinoi...more!

Lakey Creek Bridge

Legend has it this is the site of the 'headless horseman", a haunting from the late 1820s when Joel Lakey was decapitated by an evil son-in-law....more!

Lawrence County Historical Museum

See displays of historical artifacts of Lawrence County, along with models of the oil field industry. Open Mon - Fri 8:30am-4:30pm...more!

Lincoln Historic Plaque

Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas both spoke here during their historic U.S. Senate race in 1858. The site, once a grove of trees, is marked with a ...more!

Lincoln Marker

On a large natural stone in the Park, you can see the trail reported to have been used by Abraham Lincoln and others as they traveled between Vandalia...more!

Lincoln Park

Located across the street from Illinois' Oldest State Capitol, the park features a life-size bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln designed by world-renown...more!

Lincoln School Museum

Representative of the brick construction of one-room schools in the 1880s, this restored building is typical of the era and the education available at...more!

Lincoln Trail Memorial

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

Lincoln Trail State Park

Whether you are looking for history, unusual plant life or recreation, Lincoln Trail State Park has something to interest you. Located just west of IL...more!

Lion Statues

Can you find all 40 of Marshall, IL's lion statues! Painted statues scattered throughout the community tell a story of life in Marshall. Complete M...more!

Little Brick House

The house is filled with china, furniture, engravings and books belonging to settlers during the time Abraham Lincoln attended the legislature (1834-1...more!

Lock and Dam 26 & 27

Locks 26 and 27 are the largest locks in the inland waterway system. Lock 26 in Alton has a visitor's center with river displays. Lock 27 located in G...more!

Looking for Lincoln Storyboards

Ten storyboards depicting Abraham Lincoln's early years as a legislator are installed around Vandalia. Find out about his early romance with Mary Owen...more!

Louis Latzer Homestead

The founder of the Pet Milk Company built this house that was one of the first with electricity and running water inside. Home to annual festivals cel...more!

Madonna of the Trail

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

Maeystown Rock Mill Museum

The entire village of Maeystown is on the historic register with much of the village history preserved in the museum....more!

Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park

43 ft. Mississippi River overlook platform, picnic area, paved walkways, view of the Gateway Geyser....more!

Marissa Academy Museum and Coal Miners Monument

Memorabilia celebrating the city's growth from a coal-mining town to the present make this an interesting stop. Wednesdays Noon - 3 p.m. or by appoint...more!

Martin/ Boismenue House

Built in the 1790's in the French vertical-log style, this is the oldest known residence in Illinois. By appointment....more!

Mary Smith Fay Genealogy Library

This is a great source for local history and searching family archives. Open Tuesday-Friday 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m....more!

Mary's River Covered Bridge

Built in 1854 as part of a planked toll road, Mary's River Covered Bridge is a must-see for any history buff. In fact, Mary's River Bridge is the only...more!

Mascoutah Historical Society & Heritage Museum

The Museum gathers history from Mascoutah, Engelmann and Shiloh Valley Townships. Harvey C. Pitt's mounted waterfowl collection is featured along with...more!

The Matsel Cabin

Learn about 1850s-era log cabins when you visit here. The front room is painted with milkpaint and is furnished in the manner the Matsel family would ...more!

The Mermaid House

Visit The Mermaid House Hotel for a taste of local and U.S. history during your ILLINOISouth adventure. Named for the mermaids he reported seeing on h...more!

Metro East Pride

Metro East Pride promotes unity, viability and self-esteem among lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender persons with cultural and educational pr...more!

Mini Park Gazebo

The Mini Park is an area which features a gazebo, a stone picnic table, stone benches, memorial brick walkways and beautiful flowers, trees and shrubs...more!

Moravian Church and Cemetery

This congregation migrated here from North Carolina and the church building was dedicated in 1846. According to custom, the cemetery is laid out in fo...more!

National Road Interpretive Center

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 Natio...more!

New Athens Historical Society Museum

Experience the history of an early settlement named Athens, which later became the Village of New Athens in about 1866. Open House 3rd Sunday of each ...more!

O'Fallon Historical Society Museum & Archives

Exhibits and research library focusing on O'Fallon area history including native sons, Oscar-winning actor William Holden and illustrator Bernie Fuchs...more!

O'Fallon Veterans' Monument

Visit the beautiful 15 pillar star-shaped monument. Lovely during the day and especially moving when illuminated at night....more!

Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

This bridge is one of the world's longest pedestrian/bicycle bridges and offers commanding views of the Mississippi River and a great perch for Americ...more!

Old Fire Engine Museum

Antique firefighting equipment and memorabilia are on display....more!

Old Six Mile Museum in the Emmert-Zippel House

This 158-year-old home has displays of Civil War artifacts, an Indian collection, and 1830's furnishings....more!

Old State Cemetery

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

One Room Country Schoolhouse Museum

A visit here reminds us that the "latest educational technology" used to be a blackboard and piece of chalk and a few textbooks to share. By appointme...more!

One Room Schoolhouse Museum

Located at the modern Jr. High School, the building was restored by retired teachers....more!

Perry County Jail Museum

Built in 1871, the Jail Museum was the city's third jail. The Sheriff and his family lived upstairs, and women prisoners were kept in locked rooms. Th...more!

Peterstown House

Built in 1830, this is the only stagecoach stop still intact along the 60 mile Kaskaskia- Cahokia Trail. Saturday and Sunday 1-4 p.m. or by appointmen...more!

Pierre Menard Home State Historic Site

This 1800's house was the home of Illinois' first Lt. Governor when Kaskaskia was the first State Capital....more!

Popeye Character Trail

Popeye stands tall in the Elzie C. Segar Memorial Park by the Visitors Center in Chester. Search through town for his friends on murals and statues: W...more!

Randolph County Museum & Archives

See an old electric chair (last used to execute a woman who killed her brother), and many county & Native American artifacts, Kaskaskia manuscript...more!

Ratcliff Inn Museum

Abraham Lincoln slept here in 1840. The collection features items from the original owner such as a bookcase, rope bed, cloak, etc. Other artifacts, p...more!

Red Bud Area Museum

The beautiful Opera House, built in 1855 in downtown Red Bud, is the site of the new Red Bud Area Museum. German settlers came to this part of Illinoi...more!

Rex Museum

A Lionel train set shares space with British toy soldiers, crystal, porcelain, period furniture, antiques and collectibles....more!

Richard W. Bock Sculpture Museum

The museum features hundreds of sculptural pieces by Richard Bock, best known for his work with architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Hours for the museum are...more!

Ripson Bridge

Make sure to see the last pony truss bridge in Bond County on your ILLINOISouth adventure in Sorento. Ripson Bridge was built in 1895 and declared a l...more!

Roadside Chapel

Nashville, IL's tiny treasure — a roadside chapel too small to even sit inside — offers respite to weary travelers. Or, well, it used to. Today, the s...more!

Robinson Stewart House

Miss Mary Jane Stewart, granddaughter of a U.S. Senator, donated the house and furnishings to the Historical Society. Open by appointment and for spec...more!

Sainte Marie Foundation Museum

Exhibits at the Foundation House Museum feature artifacts from the 177-year-old village's history, including an examining room from the last medical d...more!

Scheve Park

The old train depot, a full-size caboose and a train car along with pavilions and ag building can be reserved for group events. Picnic areas, dog park...more!

Schneidewind Barn Museum

Hundreds of interesting items are housed in what was formerly a working farm's barn....more!

Scott Field Heritage Air Park

See the workhorse of the Air Mobility Command, the C-141 Starlifter, and the KC-135 Stratotanker at Scott Field Heritage Air Park in O'Fallon, IL. The...more!

Sculptures in the City

Thirty artists' sculptures enhance the landscape in various locations around town. Call for a Sculpture brochure....more!

September 11 Memorial Walkway of Southern Illinois

An actual 35.25 ft. long steel column, weighing 7,100 lbs. from one of the fallen World Trade Center towers is a signature feature of the memorial. A ...more!

Shoemaker Schoolhouse Plaza

The 54-mile Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail (KCT) traverses the eastern edge of the Middle Mississippi River Valley in ILLINOISouth. Cahokia in St. Clair Coun...more!

Spinach Can Collectibles Museum

This is the home of the official Popeye Fan Club at the 1875 Opera House. See memorabilia dating back to the early 20th century. Mon.-Fri. 9:30 a.m. -...more!

St. Clair County Historical Society Museum

A Victorian adaptation of a Greek Revival home built in the early 1800s, the museum has furniture, vintage clothing, artifacts, quilts, and an extensi...more!

St. Francisville Log Cabin

One of the oldest homes in St. Francisville was restored in 1983....more!

Stone Arch Bridge

Visit an important piece of the region's history on your next ILLINOISouth adventure. In an area once known as Calvert Hallow, Army engineers built th...more!

World's Largest Gavel

Visit the World's Largest Gavel at its home in Marshall, IL! Carved from red oak, this massive gavel guards the Marshall Courthouse doors. Be sure to ...more!


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