Welcome to The Ogle County Historical
Society and Museum Site
111 North Sixth Street
P.O. Box 183
Oregon, Illinois 61061
The Ogle County Historical Society
began in 1954 as a project of the
Ogle County Federation of Women's
The Constitution states, "The
object of this Society shall be to discover,
preserve and disseminate the History
of Ogle County and the State of Illinois."
Over the years, the Society has
been involved in various projects--the last one
being the preservation of Brick
Road and the purchase of a sign placed at the west
end of the road near the section
that was relaid. Brick Road is east of Oregon on
Illinois Rt. 64 to German Church
Road; then one mile north to Brick Road;
turn right 1/4 mile to sign.
The Nash Home and Museum
The Nash Home and Museum opened
in 1962. It was the home of the Chester Nash
family and was built in 1878 of
Midwestern prairie-type architecture;
square, with long porches and high
Chester Nash invented the cultivator
and was a contemporary of John Deere. His
daughter, Miss Ruby Nash, taught
school for 50 years from 1891 to 1941.
Nash School, now Nash Recreation
Center, was named after her.
Come; step back in time and see
the way people lived in the late 1800's.
The house is furnished in the style
of the 1880's and is also a
showcase of antiques and artifacts
from all over the county.
Our parlor is called the Ella Chaney
Room and contains antique furniture,
including a pianoforte from the
Barrick family of Rockford, Illinois,
which was played at Illinois Governor
Ford's inauguration in 1842.
Ella Chaney was a Rockford College
graduate and contemporary of
Jane Adams of Hull House fame. Miss
bequest enabled us to purchase the
Our office boasts a secretary desk
from Miss Chaney and the courtroom
chair used by Judge Cartwright.
It also contains reference books on the history of Ogle
County and a large 1864 map of the
In our front hall an old 30-day
clock from the Burchell family shares a corner
with the "Pink Lady",
a bust of a young woman attributed to the sculptor, Lorado Taft.
Other Items of Interest:
- Clothing of the 1880's, including several
- Pictures from the Governor Lowden and
Mrs. Lowden's train case and fan.
- Old kerosene lamps.
- Picture's of the "Owls" Club
(be sure to ask about this story).
- Kitchen exactly as it was built, with
old cast iron range.
- Patriotic Room containing memorabilia
from all the wars, including a branch of a tree with shrapnel
and small cannon balls imbedded in it brought back to Ogle County
by local soldiers.
- Annex is full of interesting artifacts.
- Nash school bell, the Ferry bell from
Grand Detour, Illinois, side saddle, treadmill, spinning wheel,
and broom maker, to name a few. It also contains a model of Chester
- View a large display case containing flags
carried during the Civil War, with a list of battles in which
county natives fought.
May through October
Hours for the Museum:
Thursday: 9:00 am -12:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
November through April
Thursday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Admission is free. Donations gratefully
and will be used for upkeep of the
Ogle County Historical Society Museum.
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