The Illinois Office of Tourism is sponsoring a Doors Open program to coincide with the Bicentennial this year. Doors Open will see iconic historical sites and architectural treasures throughout the state open their doors to the public during four consecutive weekends in August. It’s a chance for visitors to get a special glimpse of the state’s history and heritage.
Locally, the White County Historical Society has been accepted and Southern Illinois museums that were accepted will be open Saturday, August 4th from 9am – 4pm and Sunday, August 5th from 11am – 2pm. Tours will begin at the Ratcliffe Inn on Main Street, according to Cindy Conley, and will also include the Robinson Stewart House and the L. Haas Store Museum. While the Historical Society’s facebook page is loaded with information, the website has been down for months due to a hack of the rootsweb/ancestry, which had provided the organization free server space.
You can find the Enjoy Illinois Office of Tourism page here https://www.enjoyillinois.com/illinois-bicentennial/doors-open-illinois/listing/doors-open-robinson-stewart-house-museum-ratcliff-inn-museum-l-haas-store-museum and also search for other locations throughout southern Illinois there as well.