Finding History in Madison County

In Madison County, you can visit a restored one-room school, a home built just two years after Illinois became a state, or a museum in a former firehouse. There are museums celebrating the history of coal mining, oil refineries, Cahokian culture, the Mississippi River or the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Dive in before making weekend plans. For some of the smaller museums, be sure to check schedules or call in advance for winter or holidays hours.