History & Heritage

A working model of early Savanna and its’ railroads, at the Savanna Museum & Cultural Center


Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies
203 East Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053

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Fourteen-acre campus listed on National Register for Historic Places.  Three to five day courses on collections care and conservation.

map-buttonCounty Courthouse
301 North Main Street
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053

Carroll County History

The northernmost and oldest section of the current courthouse built in 1843. Listed on the National Register for Historic Places.

Downtown Mount Carroll, National Register Historic District

Visit Mount Carroll’s Historic District. More than 30 different historic sites.

Monument Park
Main Street
Savanna, Illinois 61074

This small area describing early settlement in Savanna hosts the monument commemorating the Aaron Pierce family, the first settlers of Savanna.

Oakville Complex
Timberlake Road
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053

Carroll County Historical Society – Oakville Complex

Consists of an 1888 schoolhouse, two log cabins, a blacksmith shop and granary. Located between Oakville Cemetery and Oakville Country Club. Open by appointment.

map-buttonOwen P. Miles Museum
107 West Broadway
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053

1873 Italianate home depicts 1800s life.  Call for seasonal hours.

map-buttonSavanna Museum and Cultural Center
406 Main Street
Savanna, Illinois 61074

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Over 80 mannequins in authentic Civil War uniforms, native son & famous big-band musician Wayne King memorabilia, and an active railroad model of early Savanna.  Call Ann at the number above for more information, to check hours, and/or to schedule a visit.

map-buttonSavanna Train Car Museum
25 Main Street
Savanna, Illinois 61074

Open May through October, Sunday 10:00 – 3:00, Thursday 12:00 – 4:00, Friday and Saturday 11:00 – 4:00.

map-buttonSoldiers & Sailors Monument & Annex
301 North Main Street
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053

Monument by Lorado Taft dedicated in 1891 to commemorate the 1284 Carroll County men who lost their lives in the Civil War.

map-buttonThomson Depot Museum
907 Main Street
Thomson, Illinois 61285

Built in the late 1800s. Exhibits, old photographs, newspapers, land grants, railroad memorabilia, furniture & clothing.