Visitors Guide to Area Attractions
in the Jerseyville Area
Jersey County, Illinois
Jerseyville is home to an abundance of local history. The centerpiece of the Jerseyville Downtown Historic District, roughly bounded by Exchange, Lafayette, Prairie and Jefferson Streets, is the Jersey County Courthouse. On State Street is the Cheney Mansion, the new home of the Jersey County Historical Museum and to the north of town is the Fulkerson Mansion and Farm Museum. Southwest of Jerseyville is the small town of Otterville, home of the Hamilton Primary School, the first integrated school in the country. 
Fulkerson Mansion
and Farm Museum

1 mile north of Jerseyville, IL
on US Route 67
  The mansion, built in 1866, houses Civil War artifacts. On the grounds is a museum that features a variety of historical farm equipment. Tours are available for groups of at least 20 from May 1 through December 15.
Hamilton Primary School
Otterville, IL
  This 19th century schoolhouse was the first free, integrated school in the United States.
Annual Events:
The Hamilton Primary School Festival fund raising event held in June.
Historic Courthouse Square
201 W. Pearl Street, IL
  The centerpiece of downtown Jerseyville is the Courthouse that was erected in 1893.
Jersey County
Historical Museum
601 N. State Street, IL
(US Route 67)
  Located at the Cheney Mansion, a twelve room Victorian mansion that features vintage clothing, military artifacts, toys, pictures, and other items of historical interest. The Lone Star School, a refurbished rural one-room schoolhouse, is located on the grounds.
Annual Events:
An Apple Festival is held on the grounds in the fall.
TreeHouse Wildlife Center
23956 Green Acres Road
Dow, IL
  The TreeHouse Wildlife Center sits on approximately eight beautiful acres near the rural town of Dow. It's become an ideal environment for injured or orphaned animals that need time to recuperate. The property features large outdoor cages for raptors such as eagles, hawks, and owls and mammals like coyotes, indoor havens for permanents residents, and a pond for waterfowl. The Center is open daily to visitors and also offers outreach programs and groups tours.
Joe Ringhausen
Orchards & Market
  Route 16 NW of Fieldon
and Route 267 South of Jerseyville, IL
Nearby Attractions

Calhoun County
  West of Jerseyville lies Calhoun County which is completely surrounded by water. The 4 ferries connecting Calhoun County with the rest of the region provide an interesting mode of transportation. Sites in the area include the Brussels Historic District, the Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge and the Center for American Archeology in Kampsville.

Elsah and Grafton
  Southeast of Calhoun County, along the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway lies the real river towns of Elsah and Grafton. The entire town of Elsah has been designated a historic district and is home to a number of Bed and Breakfasts. Grafton is situated at the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers and is known as "The Winter Home of The Bald Eagle" due to the number of good eagle watching sites in its proximity.

Pere Marquette State Park
  Located 5 miles west of Grafton on the Scenic Byway, Pere Marquette is Illinois' largest state park, and is famous for the beauty of its fall colors and as a home for bald eagles in the winter. There are plenty of year round activities including hiking, bird watching, fishing and horseback riding.
Jacoby Arts Center
Alton, Illinois
Cahokia Mounds
State Historic Site
Pere Marquette
State Park
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