October 28, 2010

30th Christmas Candlelight Tours

The Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County celebrates its 30th Christmas Candlelight Tours with “Vignettes of Christmas Past.” Decorations will sparkle in gold and silver, and candles will provide period atmosphere. Musicians Eric Steitz and Tony Blackford will provide music on the hammered dulcimer and flute, and the people of the Governor John Wood Mansion will be dressed in their best period attire. The Governor and Mrs. Wood will be at dinner with their guests.

This year’s theme will provide, in one vignette, a glimpse of the Wood family and friends at holiday dinner, and in another vignette, a look at the household staff as they prepare and serve the Governor and guests. Visitors will be gathered in small groups at the Visitor Center and escorted to the Mansion to eavesdrop on the family conversations, remaining at each venue for approximately five-minute intervals. This is a new opportunity for visitors to see the vignette format and experience first person interpretation in the Governor John Wood Mansion.

Free public and member tours will be offered December 10, 11, 12, and 26, 27. Tours will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. each night. Quincy’s History Shop will be open each tour night from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and offers a wide selection gifts to please friends and family at Christmas and beyond.

The Governor John Wood Mansion is located at on the northeast corner of 12th and State Streets in Quincy. For further information please telephone 217-222-1835 Tuesday through Saturday, through December 22.

October 18, 2010

Memorial Bridge

Did You Know?

The Quincy Memorial Bridge was originally (& officially) called the Quincy Soldier's Memorial Bridge.

It was designed and built by the Strauss Engineering Company, the same company that designed and built the Golden Gate Bridge.

October 11, 2010

Mayor Wood

Did You Know?

John Wood was Mayor of Quincy three times. 1844-1848, 1852-1853, and 1856. Wood was elected to the Illinois state senate in 1850, and was elected Lt. Governor in 1856. In 1860, Wood took over the seat of Governor of Illinois after the death William Henry Bissell. Due to construction of a new home in Quincy, Wood petitioned that he be allowed to stay in Quincy during his term. Thus, the John Wood mansion temporarily became the Governor’s Mansion for the State of Illinois.