All other tours, including presentations for deaf or blind visitors, may be scheduled by calling the Jacksonville Area Visitors & Conventions Bureau. Groups are welcome. The Center is open Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. June through August, Wednesday and Saturday only, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. September through May, and other times by special arrangement.
The sculpture grouping, designed by Leonard Brunelle, was dedicated on November 8, 1920 as a tribute to the men who fought in the Civil War and the families they left behind. The figure of the youth with drawn sword on the east side symbolizes the Call to Arms. The mother and child on the west side symbolizes the Sacrifice of War.
David Strawn Art Gallery 331 West College Built in 1880 for Phebe Gates Strawn, widow of Jacob Strawn, one of Jacksonville’s wealthiest and most prom- inent families. The home was given to the Jacksonville Art Association in 1915 by Dr. David Strawn, Phebe & Jacob’s fifth son. It houses rotating exhibits of locally and nationally known artists on the main floor. Permanent collections include the Miriam Cowgur Allen Collection of antique and collectible dolls and a collection of Early
Governor Duncan Home #4 Duncan Place Jacksonville, Illinois 62650 This 3-story, 17-room Mansion was built in 1834 for Illinois Governor Joseph Duncan, his wife Elizabeth and their growing family. It served as the official Governor’s Mansion during his term of office, 1834-38, and is the only struc- ture left in the state that served in that capacity outside Springfield. The Mansion is owned and operated by the Rev. James Caldwell Chapter NSDAR.
Mississippian Indian Pottery. The second floor has been reno- vated and furnished in keeping with the period of the late 1880s.
It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, has been fully restored, and houses many of the original Duncan family furnishings. Guided tours are available during regular hours. All other tours may be scheduled by calling the Jacksonville Area Visitors & Conventions Bureau. Group tours are welcome. Regular hours are Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Memorial Day to Labor Day.
“Four Churches” Corner West State and Church Streets
With the completion of Trinity Episcopal Church in 1918, a total of four churches stood at the intersection of West State Street and Church Street. Two of the original churches remain, Grace United Methodist, built in 1910 on the southwest, and Trinity Episcopal Church located on the southeast. First Baptist Church was located on the northwest where the WARECO building now stands. It was destroyed by fire in 1966. State Street Presbyterian was on the northeast corner where we find Grojean Insurance and Realty today. State Street Presbyterian, or Westminster Presbyterian as it was later called, was destroyed in 1967.
Morgan County Courthouse 300 West State Street
The Morgan County Courthouse, located at 300 W. State Street, was built in 1869 at a cost of $204,000.00. It is the third such building used for this purpose since Jacksonville became the county seat of Morgan County in 1825. The Morgan County Courthouse was placed on the National Historic Register in January 1987.
The Octagon House 222 Park Street
Rufus C. Crampton, professor of mathematics and astronomy at IC from 1853-1888, built this house from a design devel- oped by Orson Squire Fowler, the nation’s leading phrenol- ogist. Octagonal houses may well be the first truly American architecture.
Heritage Cultural Center 125 North Webster Main Building, 2nd Floor
This Center features an ever-changing atmosphere showing the history of Jacksonville, from 1800 through the mid-1900s. Guided tours are available during regular museum hours.