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The Fulkerson Mansion & Farm Museum
Jerseyville, Illinois

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.

The Colonel William H. Fulkerson Mansion and Farm Museum is available for pre-arranged tours for groups of 20 or more. Admission is $5 per person. The grounds and mansion are open to groups of all sizes during the Jersey County Victorian Festival and other occasional special events. The Museum is located one mile north of Jerseyville, Illinois on Route 67 and is operated by Historical Steam and Living History, a Not For Profit Corporation, 25009 US Highway 67. For more information call 618-498-5590, or e-mail hazeldell@jvil.com.

GPS Coordinates
N  39  08.760
W 90  20.791


 
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