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Woodland Palace at Francis Park
A must-see attraction in Kewanee is the Woodland Palace at Francis Park, the first “green” home in Illinois. This unusual home was built way ahead of its time and is filled with engineering wonders. Learn about the quirky and eccentric man who built and lived in the home. Fred Francis was an artist, poet, inventor, builder, mathematician, engineer, and a naturist. Francis started to build the home in 1890 and worked on it for the next thirty-six years. It features hand-carved molding, a water purification system, and is the first house in the state of Illinois to have air-conditioning without the aid of electricity. View the sophisticated achievements of disappearing windows, doors, and more. Visit a home where everything seems to work in harmony. Woodland Palace is open seven days a week from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. April through October 1.
Bishop Hill Steeple Building
Take a look back in history and visit the Steeple building, built in 1854. Architecturally intriguing it is a three-story stucco Greek Revival structure with a two-story tower and 66 six-over-six windows. It was built to be used as a hotel, but instead was used as a dwelling, school, administration building, and later housed a bank, telephone switchboard and apartments. The museum is home to the Bishop Hill Heritage Asssociation offices. The rooms and exhibit showcase historic artifacts and photos of early Colony days and take visitors back through time to a quaint prairie village. Group tours by appointment, small fee.
Sherry’s is known for a few things: good food, great prices, and all the friendly service you can expect in Henry County. Located in an old quaint church, Sherry offers daily specials including fish, barbeque ribs, chicken, and more.
Down home service features home baked bread and rolls, home cooked soups and entrees. Specials are served daily. “The Nest” is a specialty; ask about it! Breakfast served all day on Saturday.
When you’re in the market for comfort foods in Annawan, the Purple Onion is your spot. The homemade pies are a must-order item.
After 85 years, the golf course is still going strong. This 18-hole championship course features beautiful mature trees, fast greens and great fairways. Enjoy a delicious meal in the clubhouse, Greenside Grill or Roy's Place. 18 holes with a cart: Weekday $32 Weekends $37
Kewanee Historical Society
Founded in 1976, the group maintains the Kewanee Historical Society's Robert and Marcella Richards Museum, featuring numerous exhibits highlighting the colorful history of Kewanee. Open, May 1st to October 1st Thursday & Saturday, 1:30PM-4:00PM Open Everyday Labor Day Weekend
Gallery on Second
View beautiful works of art from local and regional artists. Choose from watercolor and oil paintings, metal artwork and stained-glass.
Country Morning Coffee
No chain store coffee here! Country Morning Coffee is the only artisan coffee roaster in Henry County, offering 30 different premium coffees plus organic coffees from around the globe. Every coffee batch is roasted daily and packaged by hand including personal handwriting on each coffee label. Pick from an assortment of coffee drinks, tea, hot chocolate, and iced drinks. Morning offerings include fresh home-baked pastries, and for lunch there’s homemade breads and soups or Panini’s and wraps. Fill your travel mug and grab some freshly blended bags of coffee to take home with you!
An array of skillfully handmade items, vintage and new quilts along with a treasure trove of antiques and collectibles. Hours: Daily 10am to 5pm, Sun 12pm to 5pm call ahead for winter hours.
Hantverk Galleri celebrates handmade every day! Colorful porcelain, wedding cake stands, custom pottery, artisan chocolate from the Bishop Hill Chocolate Company and workshops to discover your inner artist. Open year round.
The Quilt Box
Celebrate the art of quilting and visit the store to become inspired. Visit the showroom offering over 2,000 bolts of fabric, quilt, embroidery and notion supplies. Join in the sit ‘n sews, pick up a block of the month or shop for locally handmade gifts.
Main Street Eatery
Try the top-secret honey-poppy seed dressing on top of the apple, celery, and chicken salad, it is a local favorite. Sandwiches, Panini’s are just a few of the delectable offerings. Breakfast is available.
Mary’s Family Dining offers affordable home-cooked meals served on white table cloths. Lunch specials and a salad bar are offered daily. Enjoy the friendly lounge area while you wait for your seat.
Sweet Annie's Open House and Home Tour
Explore this original Colony structure that once served as a communal residence for families of Bishop Hill. See how it has been transformed into a wonderful backdrop for primitive antiques and handcrafted wares displayed throughout this stately home. You will find Primitive Cupboards, Folk Art, Early Country in old paint & original surface, Garden Accents, Textiles, Pottery, Quilts, Yellowware, Treenware, Baskets. Open 10 am to 4 pm.
Julie's Corner Store
Specialty Gift Store that specializes in fudge and novelty Items. Fudge is an official "Illinois Product" recognized by the Ill. Dept. of Agriculture.
Beta Sigma Phi Annual Craft Show
Find your unique treasure at Henry County’s largest one day craft show for handcrafted gifts. Free parking. Hours: 9am to 3pm. Admission: $2 for ages 13 & over.
Breedlove's Sporting Goods
The drive will be worth it when you visit with the engaging sales associates, view their vast name brand apparel and shoes, and hear the “locals” story. They also personalize sports clothing upon request. It’s all about the sports lore and offerings.
Chestnut Street Inn
Award winning bed and breakfast and restaurant featuring Mediterranean Cuisine using locally available ingredients. If you are a foodie, you will love the Chestnut Street Inn. Chef Monika prepares Mediterranean inspired menus featuring locally sourced foods. Her passion for all things food related shines through in her creativity in the kitchen. You can enjoy an overnight and breakfast, a special prix-fixe dinner or even a cooking class. From free snacks and beverages available in the Butler’s pantry to chocolates in the room to an expansive beer and wine list for purchase, anything your palate could desire is available here. Conveniently located off I-80. Four uniquely appointed guest suites, including private bathrooms.
A delightful shopping experience awaits you! Choose from home decor – home scents – crystal – gourmet foods and coffee- jewelry and much more. Heartfelt also offers custom floral creation, framing and gift baskets.
Cerno's Bar and Grill
Gather your friends for fabulous food in a warm atmosphere featuring a spectacular 19th century historical bar. The menu selection offers great sandwiches, fantastic pizza, and dinner entrees. Enjoy over twenty different beers on tap at the mahogany back bar imported from Belgium by the Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewing Company.
Ryan's Round Barn
Tour this centennial barn, one of the largest in the country and one of forty-two left in the State of Illinois. It stands 80 feet high and 85 feet in diameter and features a 16-foot diameter floor to ceiling silo. A farm implement museum in on the main floor. Tours are provided by Friends of Johnson’s Park Foundation and groups of ten or more asked to call ahead. Open the first, third, and fifth Saturday beginning May through October. Hours: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Station House Restaurant
Right on track to be our favorite destination! Located next to the downtown Amtrak Passenger Station. Indoor and outdoor dining available. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Indian Creek Vineyard Bed and Breakfast
A lovely setting for this cozy bed and breakfast. Grounds also provide beautiful location for weddings, reunions and gatherings of all kinds. Able to seat 200+.