The Jersey County Victorian Festival

Fulkerson Mansion Tours
Jerseyville, Illinois

The North Parlor

Labor Day Weekend

The Festival centers around the mansion built by CSA Colonel William H. Fulkerson in 1866. The Mansion is completely furnished with antiques and Civil War artifacts that include the Colonel’s personal Civil War items, Lafayette Baker military items, and a display of rare original Lincoln artifacts.. Many original oils and several military prints grace the walls of the Fulkerson Mansion.

The historical significance of the Colonel William Fulkerson Farm (also known as "Hazel Dell") is a wonderful story in itself. Fulkerson, of Rogersville, Tennessee, joined the Confederate Army and was promoted to Lt. Colonel of the 63rd Tennessee Regiment by General Robert E. Lee. Following the war, Fulkerson and his wife, Cornelia Russell Fulkerson, left Rogersville for property owned by the Russell family near Jerseyville. The farm soon became famous across the country because of its large herd of registered Short-Horn cattle and horses. Famous visitors to the farmstead were Jesse and Frank James as they camped by D’Arcy’s Branch, the stream behind the barn, and Charles M. Russell, Cornelia’s nephew, who later became famous throughout the country as the "Cowboy Artist" and the home features a display about the artist.

Hazel Dell is virtually unchanged from the time that the Colonel owned it and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. The mansion is open for free tours on all three days of the Festival from 10 am to 4:30 pm.

The South Parlor Master Bedroom


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