Illinois Adventure #1807 “Clayville Historical Site”


THERE IS A PLACE
WHERE SPRINGFIELD, WHERE PIONEER WHERE SPRINGFIELD, WHERE PIONEER
LEAF HAS BEEN RECREATED. LEAF HAS BEEN RECREATED.
IN THE TOWN OF PLEASANT PLAINS, IN THE TOWN OF PLEASANT PLAINS,
VOLUNTEERS RESTORED OLD VOLUNTEERS RESTORED OLD
STAGECOACH STOP, AND DEVELOPED STAGECOACH STOP, AND DEVELOPED
SKILLS NEED DEMONSTRATED SKILLS SKILLS NEED DEMONSTRATED SKILLS
IN NEEDED FOR LIFE DURING THE IN NEEDED FOR LIFE DURING THE
1800’S. 1800’S.
>>THIS WAS DECLARED TEN MOST>>THIS WAS DECLARED TEN MOST
OLDEST SITES IN ILLINOIS. OLDEST SITES IN ILLINOIS.
HE SHOWED UP HERE WITH A HUNDRED HE SHOWED UP HERE WITH A HUNDRED
VOLUNTEERS AND BEGAN THE CLEAN VOLUNTEERS AND BEGAN THE CLEAN
UP PROCESS. UP PROCESS.
YOU HAD NOT BEEN ABLE TO SEE ANY YOU HAD NOT BEEN ABLE TO SEE ANY
OF THE BUILDINGS FROM ROUTE 125 OF THE BUILDINGS FROM ROUTE 125
BEHIND US FOR OVER SIX YEARS. BEHIND US FOR OVER SIX YEARS.
IT HAS BEEN A PROGRESS MADE ON A IT HAS BEEN A PROGRESS MADE ON A
CONSTANT BASIS TO GET TO WHERE CONSTANT BASIS TO GET TO WHERE
WE ARE AT TODAY, AND IT IS AND WE ARE AT TODAY, AND IT IS AND
ONGOING THING. ONGOING THING.
WHEN WE ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC WHEN WE ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
FOR TOURS, WE HAVE VOLUNTEERS ON FOR TOURS, WE HAVE VOLUNTEERS ON
SITE THAT WILL BE DRESSED IN SITE THAT WILL BE DRESSED IN
PERIOD CLOTHING AND MIGHT BE PERIOD CLOTHING AND MIGHT BE
PERFORMING PERIOD CASTS, BUT PERFORMING PERIOD CASTS, BUT
THEY WILL ALSO GIVE TOURS OF THE THEY WILL ALSO GIVE TOURS OF THE
SITE. SITE.
THEY ARE ALL FROM HEIRLOOM SEEDS THEY ARE ALL FROM HEIRLOOM SEEDS
WHICH MEANS THEY ARE NOT A WHICH MEANS THEY ARE NOT A
HYBRID CROP. HYBRID CROP.
SO WE CAN USE THE SEEDS FROM THE SO WE CAN USE THE SEEDS FROM THE
CROP FROM ONE YEAR TO PLANT OUR CROP FROM ONE YEAR TO PLANT OUR
CROP FOR THE NEXT YEAR. CROP FOR THE NEXT YEAR.
BROOK CORN IS A SORGHUM BASED BROOK CORN IS A SORGHUM BASED
PLANT. THEY WOULD HARVEST FROM PLANT. THEY WOULD HARVEST FROM
THE TOP, IT DOESN’T GENERATE AN THE TOP, IT DOESN’T GENERATE AN
EAR. EAR.
TASSEL AT THE TOP, IS WHAT THEY TASSEL AT THE TOP, IS WHAT THEY
WOULD SAVE, AND PLAN MAKE THE BS WOULD SAVE, AND PLAN MAKE THE BS
OUT OF THEM. OUT OF THEM.
>>BROADVILLE WAS BUILT BY MOSES>>BROADVILLE WAS BUILT BY MOSES
AND JOHN BROADWELL IN 184, THE AND JOHN BROADWELL IN 184, THE
SECOND OLDEST BRICK BUILDING IN SECOND OLDEST BRICK BUILDING IN
ILLINOIS. ILLINOIS.
IT WAS BUILT SPECIFICALLY FOR IT WAS BUILT SPECIFICALLY FOR
E AS A STAGECOACH STOP ON THE E AS A STAGECOACH STOP ON THE
STAGECOACH LINE BETWEEN STAGECOACH LINE BETWEEN
SPRINGFIELD AND BEARDSTOWN. SPRINGFIELD AND BEARDSTOWN.
IT WAS THE FIRST STOP ALONG THAT IT WAS THE FIRST STOP ALONG THAT
LINE FROM SPRINGFIELD IF YOU LINE FROM SPRINGFIELD IF YOU
ENTER THE BUILDING ON THE WEST ENTER THE BUILDING ON THE WEST
END, YOU WILL ENTER THROUGH THE END, YOU WILL ENTER THROUGH THE
MEN’S PARLOR. MEN’S PARLOR.
THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN A KEG IN THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN A KEG IN
THERE. THERE.
THEY GO IN THERE AND SMOKE AND THEY GO IN THERE AND SMOKE AND
SPIT AND CUSS AND DRINK AND HAVE SPIT AND CUSS AND DRINK AND HAVE
A GOOD TIME. A GOOD TIME.
DIRECTLY TO THE NORTH OF THAT IS DIRECTLY TO THE NORTH OF THAT IS
THE WOMEN’S PARLOR. THE WOMEN’S PARLOR.
IT IS THE ONE ROOM IN THE HOUSE IT IS THE ONE ROOM IN THE HOUSE
THAT WE HAVE REPLASTERED TO SHOW THAT WE HAVE REPLASTERED TO SHOW
HOW IT WOULD HAVE ORIGINALLY HOW IT WOULD HAVE ORIGINALLY
BEEN PLASTERED DURING ITS BEEN PLASTERED DURING ITS
HEYDAY. HEYDAY.
THE WHOLE HOUSE WAS ORIGINALLY THE WHOLE HOUSE WAS ORIGINALLY
PLASTERED AND PAPERED WHICH WAS PLASTERED AND PAPERED WHICH WAS
VERY UNUSUAL. VERY UNUSUAL.
THIS IS A PRIMITIVE COUNTRY. THIS IS A PRIMITIVE COUNTRY.
PETER CARTWRIGHT MADE THE PETER CARTWRIGHT MADE THE
STATEMENT IN HIS BIOGRAPHY, WHAT STATEMENT IN HIS BIOGRAPHY, WHAT
A WON GER TO COME ON TO THE A WON GER TO COME ON TO THE
ILLINOIS PRAIRIE IN 1824 AND ILLINOIS PRAIRIE IN 1824 AND
FIND THE THOUSAND BRICK FIND THE THOUSAND BRICK
STRUCTURES, ONE THE INN, AND STRUCTURES, ONE THE INN, AND
QUARTER MILE TO THE WEST, WAS QUARTER MILE TO THE WEST, WAS
THE FAMILY’S MANSION HOUSE. THE FAMILY’S MANSION HOUSE.
THE CENTER ROOM ON THE THE CENTER ROOM ON THE
DOWNSTAIRS IS THE KEEPING ROOM DOWNSTAIRS IS THE KEEPING ROOM
OR DINING ROOM. OR DINING ROOM.
THEN SHOT FAR EAST ROOM IS THE THEN SHOT FAR EAST ROOM IS THE
KITCHEN WHICH CONTAINS A BEEHIVE KITCHEN WHICH CONTAINS A BEEHIVE
OVEN THAT IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE OVEN THAT IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE
LAST REMAININGEEHIVE OVENS LAST REMAININGEEHIVE OVENS
AROUND. AROUND.
>>IT FUNCTIONS MORE LIKE A>>IT FUNCTIONS MORE LIKE A
REGULAR OVEN. REGULAR OVEN.
THERE IS A HOLE HERE, AND R THAT THERE IS A HOLE HERE, AND R THAT
THE HEAT COMES UP INTO THIS THE HEAT COMES UP INTO THIS
CHAMBER. CHAMBER.
>>THE UPSTAIRS OF THE INN IS
CONFIGGED IN THE MAIN ROOM IS CONFIGGED IN THE MAIN ROOM IS
CALLED THE BALLROOM, AND IT IS A CALLED THE BALLROOM, AND IT IS A
ROOM WHEREIN THE EVENING GUESTS ROOM WHEREIN THE EVENING GUESTS
COULD GO UP AND BE — HAVE MUSIC COULD GO UP AND BE — HAVE MUSIC
OR READING AND THEN, OF COURSE, OR READING AND THEN, OF COURSE,
THERE IS TWO BEDROOMS UPSTAIRS, THERE IS TWO BEDROOMS UPSTAIRS,
ONE BEING THE MEN’S BEDROOM, AND ONE BEING THE MEN’S BEDROOM, AND
THE OTHER BEING THE LADIES’ THE OTHER BEING THE LADIES’
BEDROOM. BEDROOM.
YOU DIDN’T RENT A ROOM OR A BED. YOU DIDN’T RENT A ROOM OR A BED.
YOU RENTED SLEEPING SPACE. YOU RENTED SLEEPING SPACE.
DIRECTLY ACROSS TO THE SOUTH OF DIRECTLY ACROSS TO THE SOUTH OF
THE BROADWELL INN IS THE THE BROADWELL INN IS THE
BATTERTON CABIN ORIGINALLY AT BATTERTON CABIN ORIGINALLY AT
ROCK CREEK, FIVE MILES NORTHWEST ROCK CREEK, FIVE MILES NORTHWEST
OF THIS SITE IN 1817 WE BELIEVE OF THIS SITE IN 1817 WE BELIEVE
IT TO BE THE OLDEST SURVIVING IT TO BE THE OLDEST SURVIVING
STRUCTURE IN SANGAMON COUNTY. STRUCTURE IN SANGAMON COUNTY.
NEXT TO THAT IS THE NEXT TO THAT IS THE
OBERNAGLEMAYBEY CABLE. OBERNAGLEMAYBEY CABLE.
WE ARE NOT QUITE SURE. WE ARE NOT QUITE SURE.
WE THINK IT IS THE OBERNAGLE, WE THINK IT IS THE OBERNAGLE,
BUT WE THINK IT IS BUILT WITH BUT WE THINK IT IS BUILT WITH
OTHER PARTS OF CABINS AS WELL. OTHER PARTS OF CABINS AS WELL.
IT SHOWS THE PROGRESSION OF HOW IT SHOWS THE PROGRESSION OF HOW
PEOPLE WOULD HAVE GUN R DONE PEOPLE WOULD HAVE GUN R DONE
THEIR HOMES DURING THAT TIME. THE BLACKSMITH BARN IS THE LAST
OPERATING BLACKSMITH SHOP IN OPERATING BLACKSMITH SHOP IN
SPRINGFIELD. SPRINGFIELD.
IT WAS PURCHASED BY DR. MARY AND IT WAS PURCHASED BY DR. MARY AND
CLAY PEARSON. CLAY PEARSON.
IN ADDITION TO THAT, WE HAVE IN ADDITION TO THAT, WE HAVE
PRAIRIE RESTORATION AREA THAT WE PRAIRIE RESTORATION AREA THAT WE
ARE WORKING WITH, AND WE ARE ARE WORKING WITH, AND WE ARE
DEVELOPING A NATURE TRAIL. DEVELOPING A NATURE TRAIL.
I LOVE THE PLACE AND THE I LOVE THE PLACE AND THE
POTENTIAL THAT IT HAS TIES IN POTENTIAL THAT IT HAS TIES IN
WITH THE LINCOLN HISTORY THAT WE WITH THE LINCOLN HISTORY THAT WE
HAVE SO PREDOMINANT IN OUR AREA HAVE SO PREDOMINANT IN OUR AREA
R BUT AT THE SAME TIME IT ALSO R BUT AT THE SAME TIME IT ALSO
TALKS ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE TALKS ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE
COMMON ORDINARY PIONEER THAT COMMON ORDINARY PIONEER THAT
WOULD HAVE BEEN IN THIS AREA WOULD HAVE BEEN IN THIS AREA
DURING THOSE DAYS AND STRUGGLES DURING THOSE DAYS AND STRUGGLES
THAT THEY WOULD HAVE HAD TO MAKE THAT THEY WOULD HAVE HAD TO MAKE
THIS LIFE HERE. RECENTLY SIGNAGE HAS BEEN ADDED
SO THAT VISITORS CAN GO ON SO THAT VISITORS CAN GO ON
SELF-GUIDED WALKING TOURS ON SELF-GUIDED WALKING TOURS ON
DAYS WHEN THE CLAYVILLE HISTORIC DAYS WHEN THE CLAYVILLE HISTORIC
SITE IS CLOSED.>>FOR DAYS AND TIME THE
CLAYVILLE HISTORICAL SITE IS CLAYVILLE HISTORICAL SITE IS
OPEN AND FOR LISTING OF THEIR OPEN AND FOR LISTING OF THEIR
SPECIAL EVENTS, LOG ON TO
WWW.CLAYVILLE.ORG

Comments 1

  • I can't get over how my mind goes to – the imagining of being in that Inn – as a Woman in any role and certainly in the day-to-day routines and upkeep… the sounds, the smell, and the chronic CLEANING Necessary!

    The boots would have drummed a thump and scuff across those wood floors, dragging in the dirt,mud, and manure, from the areas outside.

    The smoke from the fires a constant drift in the air, creating sit on the fabrics and walls, hazing the glass and mirrors.

    The mosquitos, flies, and dirt-dobbers a-buzz routinely.

    …and these merely the side effects of "the work" required to carry out "a Day at the Inn"

    Hope this doesn't sour any Romantic Visions of the past – with the Reality of its experiences.

    We are a curious bunch – us humans, always reaching for the "Story-book Versions of Life" – though, "we should never quit doing just that"

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