Illinois Amish Museum

Immerse your campers in authentic history with a visit to the Amish Museum. After watching an 18-minute video, groups can see permanent exhibits about Anabaptist history, Amish history, buggies, quilting, barns, homes, and technology. Museum staff are happy to answer questions about the Amish culture and community that surrounds them. Through the museum’s main office, groups can schedule a horse-drawn wagon tour and visit one of the historic Amish farms. Groups can also schedule tours of nearby Amish homes, woodworking shops, and even have a meal in an authentic Amish home.
 
Contact Info
Address: 125 N. County Road 425E, Arcola, IL 61910. Douglas County. Tel: 217-268-4106. Email: amishcenter@consolidated.net. Website: www.amishcenter.com. Hrs: By appointment.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2-3 hours. Cost: Fee.

Living History Centers Fun Facts

American breakfast wasn’t always bacon, eggs, and orange juice. In colonial times, the typical child would eat a breakfast of cornmeal mush that had been cooked all night over embers.

Campers will have fun learning about the seasonal tasks and the way of life at colonial interpretive farms, villages and forts. Many have costumed guides who campers can observe to learn how children and adults lived. Many offer hands on activities such as candle making, ice-cream making, churning butter, quilting and more.

Campers can record how long various tasks took, and compare them to how long these tasks take to complete today.