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Throughout Western Illinois, many communities are committed to historic preservation and the quality of life and economic benefits it provides, especially through tourism and revitalized downtowns. Here is a sampling of communities and their activities recently visited by Landmarks Illinois staff:. Click a map label for Information and photos.




Western Illinois




Shiloh (St. Clair County.)

Located in St. Clair County just outside of Belleville, Shiloh is the home of the Engelmann Farm, one of the oldest, intact farmsteads in Illinois. The 154-acre farm, established in 1835, comprises woodland, cropland, two historic homes, and a family cemetery. While the cemetery is owned by a family foundation, the farmstead is under a sales contract to a housing developer. Local citizens from Shiloh and Belleville met with city and county officials and the developer to express their concerns and offer alternatives to redevelopment of the property.

As a result, the county board is pursuing a preservation plan that would bring the farmstead into county ownership as a county park. However, funds need to be raised to acquire the property from the current developer who is willing to sell the property. For more information, contact local advocate Janet Brannon at janetbrannon@charter.net.

Click a map label for photos  Information on other Western Illinois communities.


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