Amidst the untamed beauty and savagery of the Illinois prairie sprang the elegance and grace of the Governor Duncan Mansion. The Mansion was built by Joseph and Elizabeth Duncan in 1834. Joseph was the fifth elected governor of Illinois from 1834 to 1838. The building served as the official executive mansion and the family home during his tenure, during which the state capitol was in Vandalia.
Today, the home is owned and operated by the Rev. James Caldwell Chapter NSDAR, and is open for tours. In 1971, the Mansion was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The mansion has recently completed many restoration projects to the house and grounds to help stabilize the home, and create a more accurate historical representation of the time period of the Duncans.
We hope to see you at the Mansion soon!