Friday, June 26, 2009
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Elkhart Hill historical tours July 18

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[June 26, 2009]  ELKHART -- Enjoy a tour of historical, beautiful Elkhart Hill on July 18. Then spend the day in Elkhart dining and shopping in Elkhart's quaint village.

DonutsTours 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 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 Logan County]

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