Illinois

    Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, Illinois: 16 People Once Lived Here!

    9/28/13 •

    Anyone interested in Abraham Lincoln would enjoy a stop at the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site in east-central Illinois. The 86-acre site includes a replica of the two-room cabin where Lincoln’s father, Thomas, and his stepmother, Sarah Bush Lincoln, lived from 1840 until their deaths in 1851 and 1869, respectively. It was pretty hard…

    Bishop Hill in Illinois: A Historic Landmark With Over 12 Buildings From the 1800s

    2/24/15 •

    I first visited tiny Bishop Hill, nestled in the heart of northwestern Illinois farmland, about 35 years ago. Totally charmed by its story, historic buildings and quaint shops, I eventually moved here. Swedish immigrants seeking religious freedom walked here — 160 miles — from Chicago in fall 1846. Along with more than 1,000 Swedes who…

    Prairie Mills Windmill, Illinois: One of the Few Remaining Dutch-Style Smock Windmills

    6/04/16 •

    Here in Golden, Illinois, we’re very proud of our Prairie Mills Windmill. Built in 1872, this 92-foot-tall landmark is one of only four Dutch-style smock windmills left in Illinois. It operated until the 1930s and was recently restored to working condition by the Golden Historical Society. I’m sure the original wooden gears and huge millstones,…