The Anderson Mansion at this year’s Strawberry Festival

The Anderson Mansion at this year's Strawberry Festival

The Anderson Mansion is a beautiful two-story mansion that is now home to the Macoupin County Historical Society. Located in Carlinville, Illinois, the mansion is open during the Spring festival that most of the locals call the Strawberry Festival.  We again toured this lovely mansion that is home to a unique stained glass window bought at the World-Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.

Touring the home, seeing the tractors and vendors is high on the list of things to do at this site that sits on 16 busy acres, but eating our way through the event is at the top of our list. With a choice of chicken and noodles, ham and beans or grilled pork chops visitors often have two complete meals then top it off with strawberry shortcake. Then after all, who could resist the kettle corn?

The mansion is open for touring June thru August on Sundays from 1-5 or by special appointment. Call 217-854-2850 or 217-854-3916 for information. The next big event at the Macoupin County Historical Society is the Fall Festival which is always held the third weekend in September.

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