The Historic Five Mile House  

Five Miles Southeast of Charleston, Illinois







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150th Commemoration
March 28-30, 2014


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    The Five Mile House, located five miles southeast of Charleston, Illinois is one of the earliest remaining structures in Coles County.  The original two room brick house was built in the 1840s and a frame kitchen ell was added in the 1850s or 60s.The stucco and porch were added in the early 20th century. 

     There is a long list of owners of the property over the years, and it is thought to have been a stage coach stop in it's early days as well as a departure point for wagons heading west to the California Gold Rush.  Legend and logic also agree that Abraham Lincoln most likely visited the house on occasion while traveling the Eighth Judicial Circuit.

     By the late 1990s the house had deteriorated to the point where the owner tore down the rear kitchen ell and bricks were falling off the interior walls.  In 1998, the Five Mile House Foundation was formed to save and restore the house. Today the restoration is almost complete and the Foundation is currently acquiring furnishings, implementing the beginnings of a living history program and making improvements around the house including a parking lot, handicap ramp and restroom facility.

     The house is open in late April for spring school programs and on certain weekends during the summer months for living history open houses as well as the Fall Festival in October. The annual BBQ & Auction Fundraiser is held annually in September.

  Mission Statement

     The mission of the Five Mile House Foundation is to preserve, research and restore the Five Mile House and surrounding property; to develop interpretive and educational programs; to complement existing historic attractions in the area; to support and promote heritage tourism in the area through establishing the site as an information point for those entering the area via Illinois Route 130; and to raise funds and accept gifts and bestowments to accomplish its purpose and mission.



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