Welcome to the Jersey County Historical Society

We are a non-profit organization, located in beautiful southwestern Illinois, dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing historical artifacts, records, and family genealogies from Jersey County’s rich past. Since 1998, when the Cheney Mansion was donated to the Jersey County Historical Society, our facility has grown to include our Genealogy Research Center, Museum, and five additional historic buildings Lone Star School, Union Forest Church, McAdams Log Cabin, Plummer Log Cabin, and Hagen Log Cabin.

We’re glad you dropped by and hope you’ll take the time to explore our site. Be sure to check out our blog and our events schedule to see what we’re up to.

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Upcoming Events

Dearly Departed

October 8 - October 29

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Cheney Mansion

The Red House, Jersey County’s original frame house, was built in 1827. Both Illinois and Missouri were in their infancy in terms of statehood, and wilderness lay west of them.

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Cheney Mansion

The Red House, Jersey County’s original frame house, was built in 1827. Both Illinois and Missouri were in their infancy in terms of statehood, and wilderness lay west of them.

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Genealogy Research Center

The Jersey County Historical Society has an extensive collection of records. Historian and genealogist Lois Lock is quite knowledgeable about the histories of Jersey, Greene, and Calhoun Counties.

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Genealogy Research Center

The Jersey County Historical Society has an extensive collection of records. Historian and genealogist Lois Lock is quite knowledgeable about the histories of Jersey, Greene, and Calhoun Counties.

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Museum

A tour of the Jersey County Historical Society Museum offers an extraordinary glimpse of the past. The school area pays homage to education and includes antique school books, desks, slates, and other items.

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Museum

A tour of the Jersey County Historical Society Museum offers an extraordinary glimpse of the past. The school area pays homage to education and includes antique school books, desks, slates, and other items.

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Lone Star School

The one-room school played an integral role in educating children in rural America during the late 1800s and early 1900s, and Jersey County was certainly no exception.

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Lone Star School

The one-room school played an integral role in educating children in rural America during the late 1800s and early 1900s, and Jersey County was certainly no exception.

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Union Forest Church

In 1918, Aunt Nolie Henson, with the help of Rev. Joseph Jenkins, paster of the First Baptist Church in Jerseyville, organized a Sunday School at the Old Grant School.

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Union Forest Church

In 1918, Aunt Nolie Henson, with the help of Rev. Joseph Jenkins, paster of the First Baptist Church in Jerseyville, organized a Sunday School at the Old Grant School.

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McAdams Log Cabin

The McAdams log cabin was built by Leonard Henry McAdams in southwestern Jersey County, near Pere Marquette State Park.

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McAdams Log Cabin

The McAdams log cabin was built by Leonard Henry McAdams in southwestern Jersey County, near Pere Marquette State Park.

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Plummer Log Cabin

This cabin, owned by Joshua and Melvina Plummer, was located in Rosedale Township, near the northern border of Pere Marquette Park. 

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Plummer Log Cabin

This cabin, owned by Joshua and Melvina Plummer, was located in Rosedale Township, near the northern border of Pere Marquette Park. 

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Hagen Log Cabin

The Hagen cabin was built by Felix Hagen Sr. in the late 1880s near Deer Plain in neighboring Calhoun County. It originally had two stories and porches upstairs and down. 

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Hagen Log Cabin

The Hagen cabin was built by Felix Hagen Sr. in the late 1880s near Deer Plain in neighboring Calhoun County. It originally had two stories and porches upstairs and down. 

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Hathaway Cemetery Memorial

This memorial cemetery contains eight tombstones originally located northeast of Jerseyville and three stones located in one of Jerseyville’s oldest cemeteries.

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Hathaway Cemetery Memorial

This memorial cemetery contains eight tombstones originally located northeast of Jerseyville and three stones located in one of Jerseyville’s oldest cemeteries.

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Become a Member

The Jersey County Historical Society is a non-profit organization

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Volunteer

It takes a great deal of work to maintain our grounds — any help is appreciated.

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Make a Donation

If you enjoy what we do, please consider supporting us by donating.

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Make a Donation

If you enjoy what we do, please consider supporting us by donating.

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Jersey County Historical Society

601 N. State St.
Jerseyville, IL 62052
618-498-3514