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Broadwell Tavern
Route 125, Pleasant Plains
(Sangamon County)

 
 

 

This Federal-style inn and tavern, built in 1834, is the oldest surviving brick structure in Sangamon County. It features hand-fired bricks, forged door hinges, large hand-hewn beams, and finely-detailed walnut cabinetry. The building marks a turning point in the state’s early architecture, when rugged pioneer dwellings began evolving into more comfortable and sophisticated residences. Long operated as an interpretive historic center, the property transferred to a private owner in 1992. Since that time, the building has fallen into disrepair. It is now open to the elements, wildlife and vandals, and immediate intervention is needed to prevent further structural damage.
 

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