Illinois Rural Heritage Museum Honors Rural Roots
Located in Pinckneyville, the Illinois Rural Heritage Museum preserves rural history going all the way back to 1850. Exhibits showcase relics from bygone eras that demonstrate how different life was for our ancestors. While some exhibits are permanent, others change with the seasons. For fall, the museum highlights the art of apple butter making with a copper kettle, old-style ingredients and baking tools. One popular permanent exhibit is the replica of a pre-1950 farmhouse, known as the Red Barn.
The museum covers multiple aspects of rural life, such as business, agriculture, medicine, education, transportation and more. It displays several unique antique tractors as well as many educational videos. There’s even a 1900s dentist office, which is sure to make you appreciate the relative modern comforts of our visits to the dentist today.
To learn more, visit illinoisruralheritagemuseum.org.