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Coming soon! Join us for the Historic Houses of DeWitt County exhibit; debuting when the museum reopens April 1. 


We are the little museum with the big name. The C. H. Moore Homestead and DeWitt County Museum is two museums in one. But it’s really more than that, too!


Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm   |   Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm


Adults: $5   |   12 - 18: $2


Ages 11 and Younger    |   Members

The C.H.Moore Homestead

The spirit of 19th Century attorney Clifton H. Moore lingers in the beautiful Victorian mansion he called home.

The DeWitt County Museum

Long the DeWitt County Seat, Clinton is now the keeper of the County’s rich history in the Museum at the Homestead.

Touring the Victorian Mansion House

The Homestead is much more than just the charming Victorian Mansion at its core. Many little secret and unexpected places are waiting to be explored inside its walls; many items of historical value and rare beauty are waiting to be discovered.

Exploring a Not-So-Distant Past

There’s more still to see, enjoy, and learn at the DeWitt County Museum at the Homestead. Besides the history of the county itself, told in art, photos, artifacts, and writings from the period, are special exhibits and displays not to be missed.

Points of Interest at the Homestead

When visiting, be sure to see the many special places, inside the Mansion and out, that include everything from collections of antique carriages to the one-of-a-kind, personal library of C. H. Moore.

Old style wagon

Carriage Barn

Red color covered bridge

Sprague Memorial Covered Bridge

Farm Implements Museum

Wall glass case with historical rifles

Kent Exhibit Room

Library shelves with books

C.H. Moore Library

A Man of Note:
Clifton H. Moore

A man of historical importance in Central Illinois and the namesake and owner of the C.H. Moore Homestead, Clifton Moore was not only a successful attorney in 19th Century DeWitt County, he was also friend and confidant of Abraham Lincoln.

The Lincoln Connection

When the young lawyer Abraham Lincoln lived in Springfield, the Illinois State Capital, he regularly made visits to nearby Clinton, the county seat of neighboring DeWitt County. And whenever he came to Clinton he would meet with the man he shared an office with, his friend and fellow attorney…Clifton Moore.


The Apple ‘n Pork Festival

Imagine two days of fun, frolic, and really good food. Where old-timey blacksmiths demonstrate their skills, scores of craftsmen ply their trade, and cooks stir cauldrons of delicious ham and beans over open fires. It’s the one and only Apple ‘n Pork Festival, back again this September at the C.H. Moore Homestead and DeWitt County Museum!

Other Recurring Events

Besides the Apple ‘n Pork Festival, the Museum sponsors and hosts several annual events throughout the year, many of which have become regular, recurring, and much-anticipated happenings in the community.
Come join us!

Praire flyers poster with aviator

Apple 'n Pork Festival

Join us for our annual Apple 'n Pork festival featuring a variety of food stands, craft tents and flea market.

Baked food on a plate with blue water pitcher behind

Homestead Breakfast

Held annually in the Spring

Blanket with blue flower pattern

“Quilted Keepsake” Quilt Show

Through the month of June

The Santa Claus's

Candlelight Tours

Friday evenings from 5:000- 8:00 P.M. between Thanksgiving & Christmas



Red Tulips in the front with CH Moore House in background

Apple 'n Pork Festival

It’s the one and only Apple ‘n Pork Festival in the world and for good reason… It’s just too much fun!

September 23rd & 24th
Only at the C.H. Moore Homestead   9 A.M. – 5 P.M.

For More Information:
DeWitt County Museum

Santa Night

Come see Santa Claus in the carriage barn! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be making a special visit to the museum for all the good boys and girls.

November 25th

Santa will be in the carriage barn from 5 – 8 P. M.

For more information:
DeWitt County Museum

Candlight Tours

Join us for a special candlelight tour of the C.H. Moore Homestead. With each room spectacularly decorated for Christmas, this is an event you cannot miss.

Friday Evenings from Thanksgiving to Christmas
5:00 – 8:00 P.M. 

For more information:
DeWitt County Museum               217-935-6066

Due to recent COVID restrictions, all events are subject to modification or cancellation.
Please check updates on this website or on the Museum’s Facebook page.

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The C.H. Moore Homestead and DeWitt County Museum

“A little Victorian-era jewel,
set in the heart of rural Illinois.”

Maureen Kavanaugh

Author, Hidden History of St. Louis

From The North

From Chicago (2hr 34min): Take I-55 S to US-51 S in Bloomington Township. Take exit 135 and follow US-51 S to E Woodlawn in Clinton. Turn left for Homestead entrance. From Milwaukee (3hr 40min) take I-294 S to I-55 S, then follow Chicago directions.

From The South

From St. Louis (2hr 20min): Take the Poplar Street bridge across the Mississippi River. Stay on I-55 N to IL-54 E/E Sangamon Ave in Springfield. Take exit 100A. Follow IL-54 E to Clinton. There, turn left onto N Grant street curving right onto W Woodlawn.

From The East

From Indianapolis (2hr 42min), Dayton (4hr 28min), and Columbus (5hr 18min): Take I-70 W and into I-74 W to IL-54 W in Farmer City. Take exit 159 and follow IL-54 W to E Washington St in Clinton. Turn right on N Grand curving right onto W Woodlawn.

From The West

From Des Moines (4hr 53min), Cedar Rapids (3hr 39min), and Davenport/ Moline (2hr 31min): Take I-80 E and into I-74 E to US-51 S in Bloomington Township. Take exit 135 and follow US-51 S to E Woodlawn in Clinton. Turn left for Homestead entrance.

Contact Us

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C.H. Moore Homestead
DeWitt County Museum
219 E Woodlawn St
Clinton, Illinois 61727



April 1 - December 31*



Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm



Adults: $5
12 - 18: $2
11 and Under: Free
Members: Free

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