Illinois at 200: Vandalia Area History Museums


Vandalia is a city filled with Illinois history. In addition to serving as Illinois’ state capital until 1839, it also has many other historic sites and museums to explore. ciLiving paid a visit to three different places worth checking out if you come to town to explore the Old State Capitol. 

1) National Road Interpretive Center 

The museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the National Road, also known as the Cumberland road. Completed in 1837, the road ran from Cumberland, MD to Vandalia. To learn more about the museum, you can visit the National Road Interpretive Center website.   

2) Fayette County Museum 

The museum features both local and state history exhibits. From maps of what Vandalia would have looked like at the time it was the state capital, to a tool that once belonged to Abraham Lincoln, the museum has a diverse collection worth checking out. You can learn more by visiting the Fayette County Museum website. 

3) Little Brick House 

The Little Brick House was built in the 1860s and is a preserved home which highlights what middle class life was like in Vandalia during the era. For more information, you can visit the Explore Vandalia website. 

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