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Fulkerson Mansion & Farm Museum
William H. Fulkerson
of Rogersville, Tennessee, joined the Confederate Army and was appointed
Lt. Colonel of the 63rd Tennessee Regiment by General Robert E. Lee.
Fulkerson was badly wounded at the Battle of Chickamauga. A coal-black
stallion named “Great Britain” saved Fulkerson’s life, returning him
safely to Rogersville. Following the war, William and his wife, Cornelia
Russell Fulkerson, left Rogersville for property owned by the Russell
family near Jerseyville. On this land the Fulkersons built a wonderful
14-room Southern-Style Victorian mansion that they named “Hazel Dell.”
Fulkerson began and maintained a large herd of registered shorthorn cattle
and the Hazel Dell farm soon became famous throughout the country. Hazel
Dell is virtually unchanged today and was placed on the National Historic
Register of Historic Places in 1998. The mansion is furnished with
antiques and artifacts of the period with a special display of the
Colonel’s personal Civil War items, Lafayette Baker’s Civil War
artifacts and the Thomas Lincoln Anvil.
The Farm Museum
contains many rare agricultural items and equipment with emphasis on
large, rare farm steam traction engines, utilized for plowing the prairie,
threshing the grain, and for powering early sawmills. The Museum features
Reeves steam engines, and plows.
Colonel William H. Fulkerson Mansion and Farm Museum is available for
pre-arranged tours for groups of 15 or more. Admission $8 per person. The Museum is
located one mile north of Jerseyville, Illinois on Route 67 at 25009 US Highway 67. For more information call 618-498-5590,
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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