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The Duncan Mansion

The Rev. James Caldwell Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, has regular meetings on the second Tuesday of every month, September through June, unless otherwise designated.  Please contact us for time and place.

The Rev. James Caldwell Chapter owns and maintains the Duncan Mansion. Tours of the mansion begin on Memorial Day and end on Labor Day. They are held on Wednesday and Saturday, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. The requested donation is $4.00.

Information and tours can be scheduled by contacting Susan Hardin 217-245-7023 or 217-553-7023.

An old fashioned ice cream social will be held on the lawn on the first Thursday of August. In case of rain, the event will be one week later.

Duncan Mansion 1


Duncan Mansion 2

This 3-story, 17-room Mansion was built in 1834 for Illinois Governor Joseph Duncan, his wife Elizabeth, and their family. It served as the official Governor's Mansion during Duncan's term of office (1834-38). It is the only standing structure which served this capacity in Illinois outside of Springfield.

Duncan Mansion 3


The Mansion was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 and houses many of the original Duncan family furnishings.

Duncan Mansion 4

The walnut stairway which spans three stories, features short risers designed to accommodate Mrs. Duncan's petite form--Mrs. Duncan was 4' 5" tall.

 We are very proud of the Duncan Mansion, and we hope you will come to visit. Click on a photo to see a larger version.


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