Illinois November 26, 2018
8 Places Where You Can Still Experience Old Illinois
Have you ever wondered what Illinois was like 100 years ago? How about 200 years ago? This list of eight places in the state where you can experience old times is full of forts, hotels, and other attractions that will take you back. Check it out:
1. Naper Settlement
Established in 1969, this celebration of the old times contains 13 acres of land. There are about 21 historical structures to see, and they date back to the 1830s. Located at 523 S Webster St., Naperville, IL 60540, this is the best place to go for a taste of history.
2. I & M Canal Boat
This unique adventure will take you back the good ol' days. Guests enjoy a 1840s experience on a 70-passenger, mule-pulled canal boat. Special guests like Mary Todd Lincoln make an appearance to tell tales. Get more details about it
3. Batavia Depot Museum
This museum began as a railroad station in 1854 and it has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It focuses on the history of trains in Illinois as well as that of the town itself. Learn more about it
4. Independence Pioneer Village
Step back into the 1800s at this wonderful place. It features eight different log cabins, each with its own unique history. Visitors will also get a look at an old-fashioned general store, a church/school, and a blacksmith shop. Learn more about it
5. Cahokia Mounds
Located in Collinsville in southern Illinois, this popular attraction preserves an ancient civilization. It contains about 120 man-made mounds and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
6. Wierenga's Heritage Canyon
Another ancient village, this incredible place spans 12 acres and was established in 1967. It features log cabins, an old church, teepees, and a school house. Get more information about this 1800s experience
7. The Rose Hotel
This historic place in southern Illinois is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been around for more than 200 years. Guests enjoy lovely rooms and a fresh, homemade breakfast each morning. Get more details about this fabulous getaway
8. Les Amis du Fort de Chartres
Built in 1720, this old fort has many stories to tell. It has been occupied by both the British and the French, and it contains the reconstructed Guard's House, a Catholic chapel, priest's room, and gunner's room. Learn more about it
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Where else can you enjoy old times in Illinois? Share your thoughts with us below in the comments.