Points of Interest
Andover, Henry County, Illinois




ANDOVER LAKE PARK
well-equipped 10-acre park
central location for many festivities.
ANDOVER HISTORICAL MUSEUM AND GROUNDS
home of August Rehnstrom
built in 1861 by Eric Berglof
served as a temporary haven for Swedish immigrants in 1860's
On the front lawn
bell salvaged from Andover's first two-story school
millstones from original historic Edwards River Mill
historic marker denoting the fact that the first post office in Henry County was located in Andover Colony in May 1837
SITE OF ANDOVER'S FIRST TWO-STORY SCHOOL
Built in 1858
(Andover's first school was located just south of the colony, and was erected in the late 1830's.)
OLD SOUTH ANDOVER-PEORIA STAGECOACH ROAD
Follow this road about 1.5 miles south to site of Edwards River Mill, constructed in 1836.)
CHOLERA CEMETERY
(At the peak of the dread cholera epidemic wagons went from house to house in the colony picking up bodies.)
Many victims were buried in open trenches here in 1852-1853.
HOME OF ANDOVER'S FOUNDER
The Rev. Ithamar Pillsbury
WILLIAM S. WOOLSY HOUSE AND UNDERGROUND RAILROAD SITE
Built in 1838
ANDOVER STEAM MILL AND OLD TAVERN SITE
Built in 1879
AMERICAN WOMAN'S LEAGUE CHAPTER HOUSE
Built in 1911
National Register of Historic Sites
owned by the Andover Historical Society
AUGUSTANA LUTHERAN CHURCH
second church building of congregation.
Built in 1867
"Cathedral of the Prairie" seated 1,000 persons


JENNY LIND CHAPEL
Named after the famous Swedish nightingale singer, who made a sizable
contribution to construction of building in the 1850's
"Mother Church" of the former Augustana Lutheran Synod of America.
MIX-LOBECK HOUSE
Built in 1837
Swedish Methodist Church organized here August 26, 1849
Swedish Lutheran Church was organized on March 18, 1850
ANDOVER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Built in 1854
served the first Swedish congregation in Andover
rustic interior is enhanced by beautiful stained glass windows
FIRST SWEDISH METHODIST PARSONAGE IN THE WORLD
Built in 1855.
ANDOVER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH SITE
Built in 1856.
congregation was organized in 1838
PRESBYTERIAN CEMETERY
Andover's founder, the Rev. Ithamar Pillsbury, and many other English settlers are buried here


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