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Vermilion County War Museum

Vermilion County War Museum

(217) 431-0034
vcwm@comcast.net
307 N. Vermilion Street
Danville, IL 61832 


A military museum, located in an old Carnegie Library, featuring memorabilia and artifacts from every conflict our country has been involved in, from the Revolutionary War to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Over 13,000 square feet on two floors features thousands of items including an extensive library, personal scrapbooks, memoirs, and photographs. Displays include: wood from “Old Ironsides”, an original bronze “Remember the Maine” plaque, Kenneth E. Bailey’s Congressional Medal of Honor, Civil War battle flags, and many other significant pieces. Voted one of the finest museums of its type in the country. Open Tuesday – Friday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

 

 

Vermilion County Museum Complex (Includes Vermilion County Museum, Fithian Home, Lamon House and Mann’s Chapel):

 

Vermilion County Museum

(217) 442-2922
116 N. Gilbert Street
Danville, IL 61832


Opened in the spring of 2002, the museum is a near replica of the 1833 county courthouse where Abraham Lincoln practiced law from 1841 to 1859 and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Open Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

 

 

Fithian HomeFithian Home

 

(217) 442-2922
116 N. Gilbert Street
Danville, IL 61832

 

Housed in a home owned by Dr. William Fithian, Civil War surgeon and personal friend of Abraham Lincoln, the Fithian Home features the south balcony from which Lincoln gave a speech in 1858 and the bedroom he used on his many visits . Each remain as the were during Lincoln’s time there. The Joseph G. Cannon (Uncle Joe) room contains personal items of Cannon’s who served in the U.S. House for 46 years and was Speaker from 1903 to 1911. Open Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

 

 

Lamon House

 

(217) 442-2922
Lincoln Park, N. Logan Avenue

Danville, IL 61832

 

An 1840′s Greek Revival Cottage built by Joseph Lamon, cousin of Ward Hill Lamon, Lincoln’s law partner and bodyguard. The Lamon House is open Sundays during the summer season or by appointment. 

 

 

Mann’s Chapel

 

(217) 442-2922
Rossville, IL 60963

 

Built in 1857, Mann’s Chapel is the oldest standing church in Vermilion County. Tours are available by appointment only. 

 

 

Historic Fischer Theatre Arts and Entertainment Museum

 

(800) 383-4386
160 N. Vermilion Street
Danville, IL 61832

 

Currently owned by the Vermilion Heritage Foundation, the Fisher Theatre was built as the Grand Opera House in 1884. From Lillian Russell to minstrels and silent movies, the Fischer entertained the community until its closing in 1982. The theatre itself is currently undergoing restoration, but the new Arts and Entertainment Museum is open Thursday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. The museum highlights many of the greats who call Danville home. From Donald O’Connor’s tux to Bobby Short’s artwork and props from the “Dick Van Dyke Show,” the museum features a wide range of displays and memorabilia. Attached to the museum, the Stage Presents Gift Shop showcases creations by local artists and artisans, as well as products featuring the area’s famous stage, movie and vocal artists. A perfect place to pick up a souvenir!

 

 

Bunker Hill Historic Area

 

(217) 442-1619
Kennekuk County Park
22296-A Henning Road
Danville, IL 61834 

 

Consists of the Vermilion Chapel, the oldest frame structured church in the county (1886), Red Oak School (1917), Neff Grocery (1912), Barber Shop (1901),  Atwood Home (1892), Bismarck Train Depot (1974), railroad dining car (C&EI-1947), and Laury Barn (1912). 

 

 

Salt Kettle Monument

 

(217) 354-2117
Salt Kettle Rest Area
Off I-74 East
Oakwood, IL 61858 

 

Monument recognizes the Salines of the Vermilion, Vermilion County’s first industry, referred to in French records as early as 1706.

 

 

Danville National Cemetery

 

(217) 554-4550 or 4291
1900 E. Main Street
Danville, IL 61832

 

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992, the Danville National Cemetery serves as the final resting place for veterans from the Civil War to present. It is also home to the Soldier’s Monument, a granite based top with a bronze life-sized figure depicting a young Civil War soldier holding his musket. 

 

 

Spring Hill Cemetery

 

(217) 442-0334
301 E. Vorhees Street
Danville, IL 61832

 

Established in 1864, find the graves of Danville’s founders, Abraham Lincoln’s friends and other historical figures such as General John C. Black and “Uncle Joe” Cannon.

 

 

The Depot Museum

 

(217) 748-6615 or (217) 748-6152
210 E. Benton Street

Rossville, IL 61834

 

The Depot, built by the C&EI railroad in 1903, has been restored to the 1950′s era. The Museum features a wide collection of historical railroad memorabilia. Some of those featured include the C&EI, Wabash, Illinois Terminal and NYC. The museum is open from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day weekend with hours of noon to 4 on Saturdays and Sundays and noon to 5 on holiday weekends. Groups are welcome and tours can be arranged from April 1st through September 30th.

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Searching for your ancestors?

 

Illiana Genealogical & Historical Society

 

(217) 431-8733
215 W. North Street

Danville, IL 61832

 

 

Danville Public Library

 

(217) 447-5220
319 N. Vermilion Street

Danville, IL 61832

 

 

Vermilion County Museum

 

(217) 442-2922
116 N. Gilbert Street
Danville, IL 61832

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