Hegeler Carus Mansion
The Hegeler Carus Mansion is a National Historic Landmark in LaSalle, Illinois (just a short drive from Starved Rock State Park). The mansion is open year round, Wednesday through Sunday with a one-hour guided tour that begins at the top of the hour starting at noon each day. Virtually unaltered since its completion more than a century ago, the 57 room Mansion, built in 1874, is an example of high artistic achievement in architecture and interior design and the site of historic accomplishments in industry, philosophy, publishing and religion.
I & M Canal Boat and Visitors Center
Come journey back in time aboard the Volunteer, a 70-passenger, mule-pulled 1840s replica canal boat as it coasts gently up and down the I&M Canal. Climb aboard for an hour of peaceful, historical fun! Families of all ages, historians, photographers and nature lovers will love this historic journey into Illinois' scenic past! Special group tours & boat rides are available.
LaSalle County Historical Museum
The LaSalle County Historical Society campus is located on the banks of the historic I&M Canal and is situated in the quaint village of Utica, Illinois, bordering beautiful Starved Rock State Park. The museum campus features five facilities: the Canal Warehouse, the One-Room School House, the Heritage Center, the Blacksmith Shop and the 1875 Barn. On Sundays in May – September, the historical society is home to the canal market. The LaSalle County Historical Society sponsors the longest running and largest fall festivals in northern Illinois, Burgoo Festival. The Burgoo Festival is an annual village street party featuring flea marketers, craftsmen, musicians, and other entertainment.
Ottawa Historical and Scouting Museum
The Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the history of the Ottawa, Illinois area and Boy Scouting, Lone Scouts, and Girl Scouting. View this listings details on our website.
Historically important and architecturally unique, the Reddick Mansion anchors Washington Square, the site of the first Lincoln-Douglas Debate in Ottawa, Illinois. Built in 1855, the Reddick Mansion is a lovely 22-room Italianate mansion that was possibly the most expensive and ornate private home built in Illinois before the Civil War. Take a step back into the 19th century and visit the Reddick Mansion, where numerous rooms have been restored to their previous grandeur. The Reddick Mansion Association is responsible for the historic preservation and restoration of the Reddick Mansion.
Seneca Heritage Museum
The purpose of the Seneca Historical Guild is to bring people together interested in history, and especially in the history of Seneca, Illinois. The Guild’s major function is to discover, collect, observe, advance, and disseminate knowledge of the history of Seneca. The Seneca Area Heritage Museum highlights the many layers of history of Seneca, Illinois, including the I&M Canal and the LST Shipyards.
Streatorland Historical Society
Celebrate and learn about Historic Streator! In the Streatorland Historical Society museum you'll find thousands of artifacts, pictures, cemetary records, obituaries, Streator and Woodland High School yearbooks, Streator City Directories and even a restored 1954 Burlington Northern caboose!
The Westclox Museum in Peru, Illinois presents visitors with a history of the Western Clock Company, better known as Westclox. The museum is located in a portion of the historic Westclox building. On exhibit is a large collection of Tick Talk Magazines that hold all of the wonderful stories of the thousands of employees who worked at the Westclox factory. Learn about the company that began waking up America, and eventually the world in 1885 at the Westclox Museum.