Joe Minch, a civil war ship builder, was fresh to Greene County and looking for work when he was offered a job building a barn. Legend says that he built it the only way that he knew how, with porthole windows. His payment? The tools he later used to build his barns and his folk art legacy.
Join American Hauntings & American Ghost Society rep Loren Hamilton for a ghostly event at the legendary Eldred House in Eldred, Illinois! This chilling night will include a real-life ghost hunt, late-night séance and investigation of Eldred House, spooky cellar & the surrounding grounds! The James Eldred House dates back to the 1820s, resting on land that was among the first to be occupied in Greene County. There have been at least four deaths in the house over the years and legend tells of a Native American who was buried on the property --- leading to ghost stories that are still being told today. Experience this historic location first-hand and see for yourself if there is truth to the rumors! All guests are required to sign a waiver before the ghost hunt and children under the age of 18 are not allowed! A Portion of the Proceeds go to the Restoration of the House! $40 Per Person for this chilling ghost hunt! Learn more at www.prairieghosts.com
The stoneware industry of White Hall was the largest in the world at that time. Numerous stoneware plants were spread throughout the town and smoke stacks billowed as literally millions of pieces of stoneware were manufactured annually. The area's clean clay made the name While Hall synonymous with Stoneware production and forever changed the history of Greene County.
History is Local
Historic Greene County, Illinois is coming alive with people, places, and objects from the past during the annual James J Eldred House Fall Festival. The Festival will be held the weekend after Labor Day, September 11-12-13, 2015 at the James J Eldred House Historic Site with other special events at area locations.