Chaplin Creek Village

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Chaplin Creek Village

1715 Whitney Road
Franklin Grove, IL
Lee County
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Founded and supported by the Franklin Grove Area Historical Society, Chaplin Creek Village is an evolving, full-scale historical restoration project depicting a prairie settlement typical of the middle 19th century. The village is being developed around a crossroads named Timothy and Taylor as many small communities did at that time. The name for the village, "Chaplin", comes from the first settlement in the area, which was originally located just north of the historic site at the intersection of Lahman and State streets in Franklin Grove. As of today, several historically significant buildings and artifacts have been relocated to Chaplin Creek Village from the surrounding area serving as the focal point for the development. The first building was a blacksmith shop moved from Ashton, Illinois. Next came a saltbox style house that was built in the middle 1800's and relocated from west of Rochelle. A typical country schoolhouse from north of Ashton followed the saltbox house.Chaplin Creek Village serves as the home of the Franklin Grove Area Historical Society, the Chaplin Creek Drafters, the Chaplin Creek Muzzle Loaders, and the Illinois Atlatl Association.  Special events open to the public are held at the site every year including an Independence Day Celebration and Autumn on the Prairie. Go to the website for a complete list.  

While the historic site is generally open to the public to drive through there are no specific hours of operation for access to the many buildings. If you would care to schedule a tour or inquire about other special events including use of the facility for weddings, family reunions and picnics... please write to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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1715 Whitney Road
Franklin Grove
Season Open:
Memorial Day - Labor Day
Published in: History and Heritage
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