Following the Steps of a Governor

Jacksonville, IL - June 20, 2018

Duncan House in Jacksonville, IL

Part of today's adventures was taking a tour of the home of former Member of the US House of Representatives and, later, Governor of Illinois Joseph Duncan. The house sits on a circular drive that defines Duncan Park on the west side of Jacksonville. It also is a stop on the "Finding Lincoln" trail:

The remainder of the tour included a walk through one of the most beautiful homes of the time in southern Illinois. Of note, Governor Duncan resided in the house during his term as Governor of Illinois, splitting his time between Jacksonville and the Capitol. The Mansion was built by Joseph and Elizabeth Duncan in 1834. Joseph was the fifth elected governor of Illinois from 1834 to 1838. The building served as the official executive mansion and the family home during his tenure, during which the state capitol was in Vandalia.

The entryway and foyer:

The downstairs study/library:

The dining room:

The upstairs sitting room:

The bedrooms:

The third floor:

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If you would like to visit the Duncan House:

Governor Duncan Mansion

4 Duncan Place

Jacksonville, IL 62650


The Mansion is open for tours Memorial Day to Labor Day, Wednesday and Saturday 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.


Phone: 217-245-7023

Email: governorduncanmansion@gmail.com

Website: http://66.51.191.150/jacksonville/duncanmansion/