1411 N 27th St.
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Phone: 618-246-0033
Email:
jchsvip14@gmail.com

Open weekends from the first full weekend in May through the last full weekend in October.

 

Saturday
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 

Docents are available for group tours most other days by appointment. 

 

Admission is free although donations are appreciated.


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Monday - Friday
 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

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Replication of a farmstead from the early 1920s to 1930s is needed to preserve an important piece of our rural life history and enhance educational curricula from pre-school through adult education.  A farmhouse, barn, chicken house, smokehouse and other outbuildings representative of that era will provide for the natural exhibition of furnishings, tools, and machinery (some currently in storage) and make room for the future collection of items of historical significance. Landscaping can include a lawn, vineyard, orchard, garden, and possibly field crop sites. Typical farm animals can be included during special events open for public experience.

Farmstead new 2We are most fortunate to own five acres of undeveloped land behind the current village.  An area suitable for location of farmstead buildings has been staked off.  A sign depicting a typical 1920s farmstead is located near the staked area.

A brochure depicting typical structures of the era is available for anybody interested in the project.  Donation of existing structures is also invited.

 Known as the Heritage Acres, the land, donated by George and Paula Mace Kuhn in 2005, has served primarily as overflow parking space during popular events like the Heritage Festival, and when the blacksmiths have a big crowd on the same day as a museum event.

 

Grader 2The land has been home to a vintage road construction machine since 2013. Pulled by a large steam engine, the machine was used in the early 1900s for the construction and maintenance of the roads in the Woodlawn, Waltonville area.

 

 

 

 

 

Heritage Acres new 3Last year, the Timeline Trail was constructed through the brush across the back of the acreage.  Well-attended tours were conducted over the trail for the first time in late October.

A sign on Caroline Street identifies the area for overflow parking, pictures the Time-Line Trail entrance, and confirms the plans for a 1920s era farmstead.

 

 

 

 Plans for New Storage Building

- We Need Your Help!

Since the above sign was posted, it has become necessary to build a large storage building on the property. Furnishings for the farmstead house are being stored in cabins and already-overfilled storage areas pending farmstead completion.

The farm equipment shed was recently virtually destroyed by storm damage.  Some of the shed contents are now covered by tarps until more permanent storage is made available.

We have designed a relatively low-cost storage building suitable for current needs and large enough to accommodate many more years of artifacts accumulation. A location to meet the storage needs without interfering with the homestead has finalized and site preparation is complete. 

Finished cost is expected to be about $50,000.  Grant applications have been unsuccessful.

Acceptance of farm equipment and other memorabilia donations may have to be suspended pending building completion.  Community help is needed ASAP.  Please mail donations to the office or donate online starting here and indicate STORAGE in the "Comment" box.

 - PLEASE HELP! -

 

 

 

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