Jacksonville's Historic Underground Railroad
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Autumn Adventure Bus Tour


From Loreli Steuer, Jim Murphy, and the UNDERGROUND RAILROAD COMMITTEE of the Morgan County Historical Society: (217) 245-5894.


An “Autumn Adventure Bus Tour” is planned to provide guided inside visits to five Jacksonville area Underground Railroad sites on Sunday afternoon, November 7 from 1 to 5 p.m. The tour will begin at Beecher Hall at 1 p.m. on the Illinois College campus. Free parking will be available in the adjacent lot. After the welcome to Beecher House, visitors will board one of two waiting buses for stops at Gillett House, Grierson Mansion, the Congregational Church, and Woodlawn Farm--all designated Underground Railroad sites.

Tickets, benefitting the ongoing restoration of Woodlawn Farm, will be $15 for adults, $5 for children 6-12, with no charge for those under 6. Included in the ticket price is “Blue Ribbon Chili Supper” with all the trimmings at the Congregational Church tour stop and a ”Campfire Sing-A-Long and S’mores” and other desserts at Woodlawn Farm, the tour’s final destination point.

For reservations, call (217) 245-5894. Tickets may also be purchased at Jacksonville’s Journal-Courier and Festival Foods. Bus seats are limited so it is advised to get them early. Guests may also follow along behind a bus and join the tour group, but the same ticket will be required to enter the site. The Tour is sponsored by the Underground Railroad Committee of the Morgan County Historical Society, the Journal-Courier, and the Jacksonville Visitors Bureau.

Woodlawn plans tour guide training session PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 09 July 2010 14:40

The Underground Railroad Committee of the Morgan County Historical Society will hold a training session on Wednesday, July 21, for area residents interested in volunteering as tour guides at historic Woodlawn Farm.

The session will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Farm east of Jacksonville and last approximately one hour.

The Underground Railroad Committee of the Morgan County Historical Society operates Woodlawn Farm and conducts tours of the 19th century farm home on a reservation basis during the fall and spring. The site is also open weekends during June, July and August.

Mary Hathaway and Carole Crim, members of the UGRR Board of Directors, will lead the session.  No pre-registration is necessary, but those interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities at the site can contact Mrs. Hathaway at 243-5938, or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Mrs. Hathaway said the group would like to enlist enough volunteers to form an auxiliary corps that could offer a variety of specialized services. Area residents with expertise in such fields as land use, building renovation, marketing, and agriculture are welcome to show their interest by joining the group. During the next several years, the UGRR Board hopes to develop Woodlawn Farm into a living history museum as well as a site devoted to the study of the Underground Railroad. Volunteers who enlist as tour guides will also learn a great deal about how the Underground Railroad operated across central Illinois, especially in Morgan County and Jacksonville.

Michael Bendorf, chairman of the UGRR Committee Board, said the training will provide area residents with the opportunity to join the not-for-profit organization and assist with efforts to develop Woodlawn into a premier location to study early Illinois history and the story of the Underground Railroad.

“We continue to seek volunteers who share our passion for preserving local history so that this important story can be retold to the many visitors we expect the site will attract,” Bendorf remarked.

The UGRR Board meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month at the farm location, and area residents are invited to attend.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 July 2010 14:41

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