History

McLean Depot Visitors Center
266 E. Dixie Rd (US 136)
309-244-5900
Tom Ludlam
Depot dates to 1853. It is the oldest building in McLean and one of the oldest wood depots in Illinois.
mcleandepot.com

 

Mt. Hope Township Community Hall
Corner of Morgan and Clinton
Event Rental: Mardell Bottles
309-275-4390
mardell.bottles@gmail.com
Dedicated in 1917, this unique building is rare and still in use today. Celebrating with and serving the community for over 90 years, this building is available for rent. Click here to read an interesting article about the history of the hall (reprinted with permission of The Pantagraph).

 

Mt. Hope Township History Museum
Corner of Morgan & Clinton
By Appointment
Mardell Bottles
309-275-4390 / mardell.bottles@gmail.com
Museum has school year books dating from the 1920’s to present.

 

Moore’s Mill
1713 E 250 North Rd
Moore’s Mill was built by John Caton in 1842 but traded to Jacob Moore for a quarter section of land for the mill proper and 6 acres of land. He started the mill up in 1843 after adding a new reaction wheel. Mr Moore’s trade reached out into Tazwell, Logan, DeWitt counties and a far east as LeRoy in McLean County. It could grind 6 bushels per hour. The mill was sold and abondoned in 1914. A Grind Stone marker still remains.

 

Old Mt Hope School House
2002 E 250 North Rd
Take Route 136 West from McLean to Road 200, turn north. School is 1/2 Mile on the left

 

Mt Hope – Funks Grove Library
Public Library
111 S. Hamilton
309-874-2291
Fall/Winter hours:
Mon – 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Tue–Fri – 2.00 pm – 7.00 pm
Sat – 9.00 am – 12:00 pm
Sun – Closed
Mike Starasta – Librarian
The library’s local history section includes scrapbooks, photo albums, and McLean High School’s “The Hub” yearbook from 1938-1968. It also has the McLean Lens newspaper on DVD from 1900-1983 and 27 binders of McLean history compiled by a former local woman over the course of more than 20 years. These binders include obituaries; family histories; and information about homes, businesses, organizations, and much more. If you are researching your family history and have questions, please call the library. They will be happy to help look up family names, etc.