Participate in History All Year Long

Turner Historic Walking Tour

September 16, 2022

Held the third Friday of September annually, the Jacksonville Middle School students will be touring the neighborhood throughout the day. This years event will be held on September 16, 2022. Signs indicating historic sites will be placed along State Street, West College Ave. and other locations, and the public is invited to explore the information at their leisure.

Ice Cream Social

August 4, 2022

Join us on the lawn of the Mansion each August for our Ice Cream Social. This years event will be held on August 4, 2022 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Enjoy delicious desserts while relaxing on the lawn of the mansion, enjoying visiting with friends and neighbors while listening to entertainment. This Annual Event is one of our most popular. Join us on Aug. 4! A donation of $7.50 for adults and $5.00 for children under 10 is appreciated. All proceeds to benefit the Duncan Mansion.

Governor Duncan Barbecue

June 25, 2022

Join us for the first annual Governor Duncan Barbecue on June 25, 2022. This fun filled summer event will be held on the lawn of the Duncan Mansion at #4 Duncan Place in Jacksonville, IL.  Social hour will begin at 5:00 pm with dinner being served at 6:00 pm. At 7:00 pm there will be a live benefit auction with the featured item being a 3-Night Stay at the Blue Ridge Bliss Cabin in Asheville, North Carolina. Following the auction there will be live music from 7:30 to 9:00 pm. Throughout the evening you may choose to participate in a Bourbon tasting including 5 shots for $20 or you may choose the “Bottomless Beer for $20. You may also wish to visit the SafeCo Ice Cream Trolley that will be on site during the evening. Tickets for this event are $30 per person and my be purchased at County Market in Jacksonville, The Jacksonville Convention and Visitors Bureau, and all Governor Duncan Association Board members or by calling 217-491-1356. Order by mail by sending a check to: Governor Duncan Association, P.O. Box 315, Jacksonville, IL 62651. All proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the Governor Duncan Mansion.

Regular Mansion Tours

Jun. 1, 2022 thru Sept. 3, 2022

The Mansion is open for tours Memorial Day to Labor Day, Wednesday and Saturday 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

To reserve group tours, or special tours during off hours, please call the Mansion Curator, Susan Hardin at 217-245-7023.

A $5/$3 adults/children donation is appreciated to help with the upkeep of the Mansion.

Jacksonville Area Events

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