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Welcome to the C.H. Moore Homestead & DeWitt County Museum

Welcome

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!

HOURS of OPERATION*

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

PAID ADMISSION*

Adults: $10   |   6 - 18: $5

FREE ADMISSION*

Ages 6 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.

2024

CALENDAR of EVENTS

Red Tulips in the front with CH Moore House in background

Annual Quilt Show

The DeWitt County Museum will host a quilt show during the month of June, showcasing the rich tapestry of creativity and skill within the community. Vibrant and meticulously crafted quilts adorn the walls, each one a testament to the dedication and artistry of the local quilters. Visitor will marvel at the intricate patterns, vivid colors, and expert stitching that brought the quilts to life. The event will foster a sense of appreciation for the heritage of quilt-making, leaving attendees inspired. 

The museum is accepting quilts on loan for the show. Please inquire for more information.

Open June 1 -30

Open during regular museum hours

For more information:
C.H. Moore Homestead & DeWitt County Museum
217-935-6066

Red Tulips in the front with CH Moore House in background

This Land is Your Land: The Folk Songs of Woody Guthrie

This Land Is Your Land is a program by singer songwriter Bucky Hulker that combines music performance (guitar and vocal) and spoken commentary. The program features songs by legendary folksinger and songwriter Woodrow Wilson “Woody” Guthrie (1912-1967), as well as commentary on the time period and each song. This commentary frames the program in a larger historical context, and offers specific details on Guthrie’s songs and his biography. The program also includes two singalong songs. 

August 4, 2024 @ 1:30 P.M.

Free and open to the public!

For more information:
C.H. Moore Homestead & DeWitt County Museum
217-935-6066

Apple 'N Pork Festival

The Apple N Pork Festival is an eagerly anticipated annual event in DeWitt County that celebrates the region’s agricultural heritage. The festival brings together locals and visitors alike to enjoy a variety of apple and pork-themed culinary delights. From apple pies and cider to savory pulled pork sandwiches, the festival offers a tantalizing array of delicious treats. Alongside the food, attendees can also enjoy live music, craft vendors, and family-friendly activities, making it a fun-filled weekend for everyone to savor the flavors and traditions of the community.

September 28 & 29, 2024

Open 9 A.M. – 5 P.M. Saturday & Sunday

For More Information:
C.H. Moore Homestead & DeWitt County Museum
217-935-6066

Red Tulips in the front with CH Moore House in background

Candlelight Tours & Santa Night

Experience the magic of history come alive with the enchanting Christmas candlelight tours at the DeWitt County Museum. As the sun sets and darkness descends, the museum is transformed into a captivating world illuminated by flickering candlelight. Led by knowledgeable guides in period attire, visitors are transported back in time, immersing themselves in the stories and ambiance of the past, creating an unforgettable and atmospheric journey through the museum’s exhibits.

Santa will make a special visit to the carriage barn on November 29th. All boys and girls are invited to come see Santa. Woods Studio will be there to capture special moments with Santa and light refreshments will be served. 

Candlelight Tour Dates

Tours available 5 – 8 P.M.
November 29*
December 6
December 13
December 20

*Santa Night in the Carriage Barn

For more information:
C.H. Moore Homestead & DeWitt County Museum
217-935-6066

Pre-Civil War Quilts & This Is Your Land presentations are brought to us due to Illinois Humanities. Illinois Humanities is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy Demands Wisdom and the Illinois General Assembly (through the Illinois Arts Council Agency), as well as by contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporations.

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

Boys and girls are invited to meet Santa in the carriage barn. Held anually the Friday after Thanksgiving.

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

EVENTS at the HOMESTEAD

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!

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.

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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

Thank you to our 2024 Business Members!

Altorfer Ag Products
Big D Food & Liquor
Calvert Funeral Homes
Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau
Clinton Family Dental
Covenant Animal Clinic
Dairy Queen
DeWitt County Farm Bureau
DeWitt Savings Bank
Douglas Dodge
Edward Jones – Bryce Starkey

First National Bank and Trust Company

Floyd & Associates, CPA’s

Gibson Ace Hardware

Grimsley’s Flower Store

J Squared Aquatics

Kirby Foods of Clinton

Lance Schmid Auctions

Linda Demaree – Crafter
Marco NPK

Moore & Warner Ag Group

Nate Ennis Insurance

Pandemonium Studios

Peterson Insurance Services, Inc.

Quality Glass & Trim

Save- A -Lot Food Store of Clinton

Sessions Electric, LLC

Shear Paradise, LLC

Sorrento’s Pizza

Sweet Mae’s

Walker Tire

Wantland Way Farm

Warner Hospital & Health Services

Woods Photography Studio

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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217.935.6066

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

 

+1-217-935-6066

chmoore.homestead@gmail.com

OPEN*
April 1 - December 31*

 

HOURS of OPERATION*

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

 

ADMISSION*

Adults: $10
Ages 6 - 18: $5
Ages 5 & Under: Free
Members: Free

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& DeWitt County Museum

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