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Historic Sites

History in Decatur

Are you looking to be a tourist in your own town or are you visiting Decatur and want to see some of our amazing sites on your own? We have the perfect solution, Freestyle Touring!!

We currently have eleven options for Freestyle Touring in Decatur! Please scan the QR Codes provided or click on the provided link and start your journey!

First up is our Historic Sites!

Transfer House

The Transfer House was built on Lincoln Square (Intersection of N/S Main Street and E/W Main Street) in 1896 to serve as Decatur’s main transfer point for City Electric Railway streetcars and Illinois Traction System interurban trains.

Bethel School House

Step back in time into a one room country school. Bethel School has a long history in Friends Creek Township. Visit this historic school for a glimpse into the world of education and daily life during the turn of the twentieth century.

Governor Richard J. Oglesby Mansion

Explore the 1870s Italianate-style mansion home of an important local figure: Richard J. Oglesby. Become acquainted with this three-time Illinois governor, U.S. senator, and Civil War general while glimpsing the lifestyles of wealthy late nineteenth-century Americans.

Homestead Prairie Farm

Walk into the past to an exciting place where the days before the Civil War live on. Homestead Prairie Farm is built around the Trobaugh-Good House located at Rock Springs Conservation Area.

James Millikin Homestead

Banker James Millikin built this stately brick mansion in 1876, the year of the United States centennial. The fully restored landmark is known for its woodwork, elegant fireplaces, plasterwork and etched and stained glass.

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