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Independence Pioneer Village


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12:37 PM on October 31, 2017 by [email protected]

Had a weekend getaway with my love and kind of stumbled across your village. It was such a fantastic private tour with Mr. Lee. Had an amazing time listening to the History of each cabin. May God Bless your great efforts to preserve such precious times!


6:50 AM on October 13, 2015 by [email protected]

Wow! What a busy fall in the village. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped us celebrate these events. We look forward to working with you again next season!


4:13 PM on May 5, 2014 by [email protected]

Glad the village is open again. See you on the 17th!

Jason Teague

3:42 AM on December 30, 2013 by [email protected]

by the way, would you be able to email me the plot of land location where the cabin was removed from? I understand what's written on your website about it, it'd would just be cool to go to it's location in Tennessee. I'll have to stop by your place next time I'm in Illinois.

Jason Teague

3:36 AM on December 30, 2013 by [email protected]

John Bartholomew from North Carolina, the Revolutionary War Private, was my 5th Great Grandpa. I found that you have the Bartholomew Homestead cabin. Sad it's still not in its original spot but glad you were able to preserve the actual building. i even went to UofI from 96-2000, wish I'd known you were where you are. Thank you for preserving a piece of my unbeknownst until now family history. I am forever grateful.


9:58 AM on July 5, 2013 


That would be Bob lee the owner.


2:24 PM on May 10, 2013 by [email protected]

Hi, I was wondering who I would have to get in contact with about potentially joining up with the Pioneer Village on a project I am currently working on.


3:55 PM on May 30, 2012 

Hello everyone! please join us for a virtual tour on Saturday June, 9th. call (217) 346-2016 for Reservation's. thank you!


2:17 PM on February 22, 2012 

Yes I agree it was very fun!


2:08 PM on February 22, 2012 

My 3 kids and I had the pleasure of attending the Presidents' Day activities at the Village. We had fun listening to "Abraham Lincoln" ( who we learned does not have a middle name!), having a lesson in the school house using slate boards, singing a few patriotic songs, a neat craft with an American flag made out of wood, and topped it off with festive cookies! We had a very nice, family time out there! Thanks!!

Michelle Theriault

1:11 AM on September 1, 2011 by [email protected]

April just told me about this the other day. Love the pics...can't wait to come out and see in person.

Keith Coffman

11:34 PM on July 16, 2011 by [email protected]

Traci, The website is Great! Love the pics. Looking forward to coming back sometime in the future. Thanks for sending me the link. History is so often forgotten these days, Thanks for keeping it going!!!

Pat Miller

8:59 PM on July 14, 2011 by [email protected]

Thanks for sending me the website address, Traci. It looks great and your photos are excellent. I had no idea the Pioneer Village had developed into such a beautiful place. The next time we get to Oakland, Allan and I will drive out to see it.

Kim Thomas/Best Western

9:46 AM on July 4, 2011 by [email protected]

This is awesome. Hopefully someday I will be able to come your way and share this experience.

Renee Henry

9:46 AM on June 5, 2011 by [email protected]

Love the site! The banner photo is stunning! Congrats. I'll be updating the Trial & Trib site this week, I'll put a link on it to this site.

April Lee

10:27 AM on May 28, 2011 by [email protected]

Great pictures!