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Cairo Illinois: Magnolia Manor
Magnolia Manor: Historical Mansion and Museum
Magnolia Manor is located in the historic park district in Cairo, Illinois. It lays between Twenty-seventh and Twenty-eighth streets on a street called Washington Avenue. This mansion was built in 1869 and is one of the historical landmarks inside of Cairo. Among this mansion are many other beautiful homes, some kept kept nice and some falling apart. Magnolia Manor is one of the ones that has been kept up and is open for tours. It is a must see for any history or architecture buff.
I took the main pictures of Magnolia Manor for this page on Feb. 28, 2009. It was dreary out and after the ice storm, the trees look sad. I will go back in the spring/summer and take some photos where I can actually get OUT of the car!
Learn EVERYTHING about the manor! - Get this local book
This book is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to learn more about this house. It is written locally. I have looked at the book it covers everything including:
- Architectural features
- Antiques and collectibles
- Touring the rooms and what the rooms have in them
In 1869, Manolia Manor began its establishment by Charles A. Galigher. He was a rich man and wanted to build a big and strong home.
In 1872, it was finished. The Magnolia Manor was then a home to Charles Galigher, his wife Adelia Lippit Galigher, and their sons, Frank, Albert, and Charles Frederick. Magnolia Manor is a 17 room brick house. The walls of the house were built with double brick and a 10 inch air space to keep the dampness out from the usually humid southern Illinois summer.
Charles Galigher became friends with General Ulysses S. Grant, who stayed in the Magnolia Manor and had a big celebration for his presidential retirement. Cairo, IL was his headquarters during his siege of the south.
I don't have a list of all of the rooms but here is a list of some of the things inside of the house.
- A large hall was the gathering place for large crowds, entertained in the ballroom.
- Drawing room
- Multiple dining rooms
- Sitting room, or Library
- Billiard Rooms
- Sewing room
- Many more rooms. Visit Cairo, IL and take a tour!
Because of Ulyssess S. Grant's visit to the Magnolia Manor, and the beautiful antique home, Magnolia Manor has been nicely kept in its original form and is open for tours and visits. Much of the original furtiture is there, and it is one of the highlights of visiting Cairo, IL. The manor is decorated for the holidays and is really pretty when in the winter when it snows.
The room which now houses the museum was the sitting room, or library.
Magnolia Manor was added to the National Register of Historic Places on Dec. 17, 1969.
Magnolia Manor is open to the public daily.
Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Museum is closed from
Christmas Eve to New Year's Day.
Take a visit someday! They love visitors because the people who keep this going are volunteers and want to help Cairo get back on its feet.
I have taken a video of the Manor and will have it up soon!!
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Other Webpages about Magnolia Manor
Didn't find what you need here? Try these other webpages.
- Magnolia Manor
Discusses the history of the home, and shows tour times, and events.
- Southern Illinoisian News Article
An article titled "Volunteers help keep Magnolia Manor running"
- Historic Cairo: Magnolia Manor
Photos and a nice long description of the Magnolia Manor.
- Old Illinois Houses
Discusses the history of the home and has an old picture of Magnolia Manor.
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