Tours will be led by
historian Bob McCue, who has studied the history of Elkhart Hill for
over 25 years. You'll be riding in the Elkhart Historical Society's
new tour wagon, and the tour includes Indian, pioneer, historical
and political sites. A stop is planned at the Looking for Lincoln
wayside exhibit located near Elkhart Cemetery. This exhibit covers
the Lincoln connection with Illinois Gov. Richard J. Oglesby, who is
buried in the cemetery.
Before or after your tour, enjoy breakfast or lunch in downtown
Elkhart at the Bluestem Bake Shop, Talk of the Town restaurant or
Wild Hare Café.
Tours will depart from the Zion Lutheran Elkhart Center (formerly
the Elkhart Grade School) on South Gillett Street, just east of
downtown Elkhart, at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Each outing will last approximately 90 minutes, and tours are
limited to 15 people.
Reservations are required for all tours. The cost is $10 for
adults, $7.50 for seniors 60 and over, and $5 for children 12 and
under. Registration closes on July 15. For more information and a
reservation form, visit
www.elkharthistoricalsociety.org or call 217- 947-2046.
In addition, tours of the Gillett mansion on Elkhart Hill will be
offered throughout the day. This historic family farm originated in
1870. The beautiful residence has 700 acres of farmland, lawns and
gardens that surround the 33-room home. Tours include stories about
the home's antiques and memorabilia. Reservations are required. For
tour times and to register for the Gillett mansion tour, call
217-947-2346. The cost is $20 per person. For more information on
the Old Gillett Farm, see
[Text from file received from
Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of