History & Heritage

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

map-button

Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies
203 East Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053
815-244-1173

Visit our website

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
815-244-0255

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
800-244-9594

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


Monument Park
Main Street
Savanna, Illinois 61074
815-273-2722

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
815-244-3474

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
815-244-3474

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


map-buttonSavanna Museum and Cultural Center
406 Main Street
Savanna, Illinois 61074
815-275-1958

Like us on facebook

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
815-273-2870

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
815-244-0221

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
815-259-8292

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