Take a look inside and outside the Illinois State Historic Courthouse.
It is beautifully located on the town square in Mount Pulaski!
It was built in 1847.
Come and enjoy the large Courthouse lawn and the numerous shade trees on it. It is a great place for a picnic lunch with family and friends or finding a
serene spot to sit and read a book.
If that is not for you, then surely you could find something at one of the eating establishments on the square.
There are lots of shops to visit too!
Don't forget to explore the Courthouse lawn to see all of its memorials such as the first school bell, the Looking for Lincoln sign, and the City of Mount Pulaski's Bandstand.
The First Floor
As you enter through the front doors of this Greek revival building there is a long hallway with six rooms exhibiting the county offices. Such rooms are the circuit clerk, county court/county clerk, treasurer, sheriff, school commissioner and surveyor's room. A guided tour is provided by one of our volunteers or site manager. The lovely volunteers are Debra Aper, Stan Buckles, Sherlyn Friend, Bob McCue, Chuck McCue, Dan Phillips, Dorene Smith, Athena Stoudt , Wally Kautz, and Carol Van Rheeden. The site manager is Barbara Stroud-Borth.
Most tours last approximetely around 20- 40 minutes.
The Second Floor
Upstairs you will find the Courtroom along with the judge's chamber and the jury room. Take a moment to sit on one of the benches and imagine seeing Abraham Lincoln arguing cases!
*The Courthouse is not handicapped accessible.*
Meet the Courthouse Site Manager,
Barbara is a retired Lutheran pastor.
In 2007, she came to Illinois because her two children and two of her grandchildren live in Bloomington.
She preferred a small town and found Mt. Pulaski with its historic Courthouse.
Inspired by her love of both Abraham Lincoln and history, she volunteered to be a guide the day she moved into town. She is now the site manager and enjoys meeting visitors from all over the world and telling Abraham Lincoln's story!