Join us for candlelight tours at the C.H. Moore Homestead & DeWitt County Museum.
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
Adults: $5 | 12 - 18: $2
Ages 11 and Younger | Members
CALENDAR of EVENTS
Historic Homes of DeWitt County
Ever wonder what history and secrets the homes around DeWitt County hold? Learn about their fascinating history during the Historic Homes of DeWitt County exhibit. The exhibit provids a fascinating glimpse into the architectural and cultural heritage of the past. Imposing Victorian mansions, charming craftsman-style houses, and quaint farmsteads transport visitors back in time. Through detailed informative displays and photos, guests learn about the rich stories and significance of these iconic homes, gaining a deeper understanding of DeWitt County’s history.
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.
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.
During October, the mansion will be staged as if the household is in mourning and preparing for a funeral. We are also planning to offer Mourning Moore Candlelight Tours. On those evenings, the entire house will be illuminated by candlelight as the scene is set for a traditional Victorian era funeral. Pre-purchased tickets will be required for the evening candlelight tours and there will be a limited number available.
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 Night at the homestead
Join Santa in the carriage barn! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be making a speical visit to the museum for all the good boys and girls.
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!
Apple 'n Pork Festival
Join us for our annual Apple 'n Pork festival featuring a variety of food stands, craft tents and flea market.
Boys and girls are invited to meet Santa in the carriage barn. Held anually the Friday after Thanksgiving.
“Quilted Keepsake” Quilt Show
Through the month of June
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.
Sprague Memorial Covered Bridge
Farm Implements Museum
Kent Exhibit Room
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.
“A little Victorian-era jewel,
set in the heart of rural Illinois.”
Author, Hidden History of St. Louis
Altorfer Ag Products
Big D Food & Liquor
Bryce Starkey – Edward Jones
Calvert Funeral Homes
Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau
Clinton Family Dental
Covenant Animal Clinic
DeWitt County Farm Bureau
DeWitt Savings Bank
First National Bank & Trust Co.
Floyd & Associate, CPAs
J Squared Aquatics
Kirby Foods/Clinton IGA
Lance Schmid Auctions
Linda Demaree, Crafter
Marco BPK, Inc.
Moore & Warner Ag Group
Peterson Insurance Services, Inc.
Quality Glass & Trim
Save-A-Lot Food Store of Clinton
Sunset Inn & Suites
Taylor Abstract Company
Wagon Wheel Pumpkin Farm
Wantland Way Farm
Warner Hospital & Health Services
Wilson Chrysler Jeep, Inc.
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.
VISIT US VISIT CLINTON VISIT DeWITT COUNTY
C.H. Moore Homestead
DeWitt County Museum
219 E Woodlawn St
Clinton, Illinois 61727
April 1 - December 31*
HOURS of OPERATION*
Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm
12 - 18: $2
11 and Under: Free
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