Hill historical tours on Sept. 26
Historian Bob McCue explains the hill to visitors.
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[September 17, 2009]
ELKHART -- Enjoy a tour of
historical, beautiful Elkhart Hill on Sept. 26. Then spend the day
in Elkhart's quaint village -- dining, shopping and touring the
historic Gillett Mansion.
Historian Bob McCue, who has studied the history of Elkhart for over
25 years, will lead the hill tours, and participants will ride in
the Elkhart Historical Society's new tour wagon. The tour includes
Indian, pioneer, historical and political sites, and 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.
Tours will depart from downtown Elkhart at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1
p.m. and 3 p.m. Each outing will last approximately 90 minutes.
Reservations are required for all tours, and tours are limited to 12
people. The cost is $10 for adults, $7.50 for seniors 60 and over,
and $5 for children 12 and under. Registration closes on Sept. 23.
For more information and to print a reservation form, visit
www.elkharthistoricalsociety.org. The rain date is Sept. 27.
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 farm, 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, $15 for seniors 60 and
over. For more information on the Old Gillett Farm, see
To extend an Elkhart visit and stay overnight at the Old Gillett
Farm Guesthouse, see
www.oldgillettfarm.org and contact Lisa at 217-947-2346 for
Guides McCue and Ransom