Historic Sites in Decatur, IL
African American Civil War Soldiers Monument
300 Block of North Water Street
Titled the “African American Civil War Soldiers Monument,” this unique artwork is one of only a handful of sculptured tributes to the African American Civil War soldier in the entire United States. Commissioned by the City of Decatur, the work was designed and created by renowned artist, Preston Jackson. Jackson created several concepts for the statue and allowed the citizens of Decatur to vote to select the final design.
Bethel School House
At Friends Creek Conservation Area
Friends Creek Conservation Area Map
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
421 W. William Street
Decatur, IL 62523
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. The mansion is located at 421 W. William Street in Decatur, IL. For information on tours and open houses, visit the Oglesby Mansion website.
Homestead Prairie Farm
Rock Springs Conservation Area
3939 Nearing Lane
Decatur, IL 62521
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. Now restored, you can explore rural life on the Grand Prairie of Illinois in 1860. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
James Millikin Homestead
125 N. Pine Street
Decatur, IL 62522
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. The most dramatic feature of the home is the central staircase. This distinct home is truly one of Decatur’s most cherished landmarks.
Special tours can be arranged for motor coach, groups, and schools. To schedule a group tour please call (217) 422-9003.
Macon County World War II Memorial
#1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza
Decatur, IL 62523
After authoring “Heroes in Our Midst,” Pete Nicholls, Sr.’s passion for honoring Macon County, Illinois WWII veterans lead to the completion of this monument. Made of granite, the memorial was designed by Nicholls and Graham Bradley of Decatur. The Macon County Veterans Assistance Commission was instrumental in securing extensive documentation for all branches of military service members, each recognized on individually engraved bricks. The entire display is located in the Decatur Civic Center circle drive.