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.


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

 

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The rotating exhibits are designed with a specific theme and populated with appropriately representative artifacts. Each of these remains available for public viewing for three years.  Selected examples from each of the current displays are shown below.

 

Past Pastimes; Entertainment before TV - 2017

The new for 2017 exhibit focuses on old-time radio, movies, county fairs and Mt. Vernon’s tent Chautauqua. 

 Living room 2017

Cozy pre-TV radio-side living room easy chairs.

 

Ticket Booth

Ticket booth at the entrance to the movie theater.

 

Made in Mount Vernon - 2016


The new for 2016 exhibit of manufacturing companies in pre-1970 Jefferson County shows the variety and quantity of items that used to be made locally but are now imported from other areas. Included are International Shoe Company, Mt. Vernon Furnace, Davidson Biscuit, Mt. Vernon Car Manufacturing, several soft drink bottlers, and others.

 

                                                             

From Cradle to Combine - 2015


A 2015 exhibit, this farming exhibit is in two parts. The “Barn” section showcases some of the Society’s smaller, horse-drawn farming equipment. The “Farming” section highlights some of the county’s fruit growers, dairy farmers, chicken related industries plus grain and livestock farming.

 

The Evolution of Roads in Jefferson County - 2015Evolution of Roads in Jefferson Countyc

This exhibit from 2015 includes maps of the roads of this area, from the very early 1800’s through the early days of the unpaved roads of the county, up to the coming of the interstates.

 

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