Participate in History All Year Long

Turner Historic Walking Tour

September 15, 2023

Held the third Friday of September annually, the Jacksonville Middle School students will be touring the neighborhood throughout the day. This year’s event will be held on September 15, 2023. 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 3, 2023

Join us on the lawn of the Mansion each August for our Ice Cream Social. This year’s event will be held on August 3, 2023, 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 by the Summer Community Band. This Annual Event is one of our most popular. Join us on Aug. 3rd! 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 24, 2023

Join us for the second annual Governor Duncan Barbecue on June 24, 2023. 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. Following dinner there will be a live benefit auction with the featured item being 4 tickets to a Cardinals baseball game at Busch Stadium. There will be live music throughout the evening performed by Wild Columbine. During the social hour you may choose to participate in a wine tasting provided by Waters Edge Winery including 5 shots for $25 or you may choose the “Bottomless Beer for $25.  Tickets for this event are $30 per person and may 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

May. 31, 2023 thru Sept. 4, 2023

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.

General Grierson Heritage Days

May 5-7, 2023

This popular local event is back, and the Duncan Mansion is excited to be participating. The event will be held May 5 – 7, 2023. The Duncan Mansion will be open for tours on Saturday and Sunday during the event from 1 to 4. For more information visit

Gov Duncan Association Annual Meeting

May 16, 2023

We cordially invite you to join us at the Governor Duncan Association Annual meeting on May 16th at 5:30 pm. The meeting will be held at #4 Duncan Place, Jacksonville, Illinois. There will be a presentation by Joan Forney on the History of Illinois School for the Deaf. Light refreshments will be served.

During this meeting, we will elect board members and our slate of officers for the 23-24 term. Please join us in welcoming our new board members and giving them your vote of confidence.

It is also time to renew your annual membership. If you are not already a member, this would be a nice opportunity to meet the board and learn about what they have accomplished at the mansion and what the future holds for the mansion. Your membership is vital to the ongoing maintenance at the Governor Duncan Mansion.

Thank you for your continued support of The Governor Duncan Association. Your support allows us to be the caretakers of this historic community resource for generations to come.

Jacksonville Area Events

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