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Iles House Candlelight Tours
December 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Iles House Candlelight Tours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 7 and again on Friday, December 14. The house’s fully decorated interior will help demonstrate how Christmas was celebrated in the 19th century and how it evolved from a relatively minor holiday into a major American celebration. Period-authentic decorations will be illuminated by candlelight and lamplight. Light refreshments will be served downstairs in the Farrell and Ann Gay Springfield Museum of History, which features an exhibit of Illinois Watch Company wristwatches and other company memorabilia. A recently discovered 1926 silent film about the Watch Company factory in Springfield is now running at the Museum also.
The circa 1837 Elijah Iles House at 628 South Seventh Street is the oldest surviving house in Springfield and is open Wednesday and Saturday from April through October for public tours. It hosts many programs and events for the public, and may also be rented for special events. The house’s historic main level is furnished as would have been typical in 1840s Springfield. The lower level houses the Farrell and Ann Gay Museum of Springfield History. Because of the house’s impressive architecture and rich history, it was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Two of Springfield’s most famous citizens, Abraham Lincoln and poet Nicholas Vachel Lindsay, are known to have visited the house.
For more information about the Elijah Iles House, visit www.ileshouse.org or call (217) 492-5929.