The Historic Five Mile House  

Five Miles Southeast of Charleston, Illinois

 

 

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RESEARCH & HISTORICAL INFORMATION

Research is the important basis for developing a historic site including what the building and furnishings looked like, who the people who lived there were, and what activities and events effected their daily lives.  Research can be conducted from SECONDARY sources which are books and articles about the past or it can be done from PRIMARY sources which are the original documents, newspapers, etc. from the time. 

A good example of this can be found in researching the type of cook stove that would have been used at the Five Mile House.  In secondary sources, you could find out what types of stoves were generally used in the time period, but a primary source like the Charleston Courier newspaper from the 1850s & 60s, gives specific types of stoves available in Charleston at that time, including illustrations.

Links to various research topics relating to the Five Mile House are listed below.

 

1850s & 60s Stoves

 

Archaeology

 

Ground Penetrating Radar