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John C. Flanagan House Museum

The John C. Flanagan House Museum was built in 1837 on Peoria’s east bluff by John C. Flanagan and is the oldest standing house in Peoria. This American Federal style house offers a spectacular view of the Illinois River Valley. 

John C. Flanagan, a young Philadelphia lawyer, came to settle his father's estate of 600 acres, acquired in 1824 in a trade with Native Americans. John became entranced by the beauty of the Illinois River Valley and decided to settle, build and become a land developer.

Designed in the Federal style, a sawmill and brick kiln were built on the property and Native Americans were employed as laborers in the construction. Peoria Historical Society acquired the house in 1962 and it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. 

Exquisite Empire furnishings and period artifacts are displayed in room settings on two floors. 18th and 19th century Peoria area history exhibits and the story of the Peoria distillery industry are also featured. Special events are held throughout the year.

Collections of antique glass, china, furniture, toys, quilts, tools, and vintage clothing are displayed.  The house is on the National Register of Historic Places and is owned by the Peoria Historical Society.  It is also the headquarters of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Peoria Chapter.


Tours and Reception Rental 

Contact PHS office 309-674-1921  
Reception or meeting rental available


Museum Store

Our Museum Store is open during regular tour hours and by special appointment.
 Stop by for:
*  PHS logo merchandise
*  Peoria and Illinois historical books
*  Stationery and cards
*  Baby and children's toys
*  Gifts for special occasions
*  Other items too numerous to list

 

Upcoming Events at John C. Flanagan House Museum

A Well-weathered Life: Images of Rural and Small Town Life

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Opening of exhibit of the black and white photographs of rural and small town life by award winning photographers Julius and Violet Rudnay. Their daughter, Julie, made her way to Peoria where she inherited and preserved the collection. This showing will emphasize introspective, whimsical, and landscape views of rural and small town Americana during the late 30s, 40s and early 50s.

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Roll Out the Barrel Tour

Travel through the earliest sections of downtown and on to Peoria's Warehouse District. Discover facts about distilling in Peoria.

Upcoming Events

Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour

9/4/2014 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

River City Tour

9/5/2014 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

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