1411 N 27th St.
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Phone: 618-246-0033

Open weekends from the first full weekend in May through the last full weekend in October.


10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Docents are available for group tours most other days by appointment. 


Admission is free although donations are appreciated.

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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Jefferson County Historical Society

Schweinfurth Museum and Interpretive Center




Past Pastimes; Entertainment before TV

The new for 2017 exhibit focuses on old-time radio, movies, county fairs and Mt. Vernon’s tent Chautauqua. Featured is our recently acquired collection of radios, many from the 1920s and 1930s.

Made in Mount Vernon

This Exhibit of manufacturing companies in pre-1970 Jefferson County shows the variety and quantity of items that used to be made locally but are now imported from other areas. Included are International Shoe Company, Mt. Vernon Furnace, Davidson Biscuit, Mt. Vernon Car Manufacturing, several soft drink bottlers, and others.

From Cradle to Combine

This farming exhibit is in two parts. The “Barn” section showcases some of the Society’s smaller, horse drawn farming equipment. The “Farming” section highlights some of the county’s fruit growers, dairy farmers, chicken related industries plus grain and livestock farming.

The Evolution of Roads in Jefferson County

Maps of the roads of this area from the very early 1800’s through the early days of the unpaved roads of the county up to the coming of the interstates are displayed along the wall.

Small Display Cases

Several display cases in the “general purpose” area of the museum contain more frequently rotated smaller displays.

Prairie Historian Room

In this room are permanent exhibits of many of our unique items: the mid-1800’s piano, a kitchen range built in Mt. Vernon’s Vernois Stove Foundry, woodcarvings and a mural by local artist Clarence Pearson, cut glass from the Mt. Vernon Glass Company, and many more. Also exhibited are the last bear in Jefferson County and wood and metal crafts made by one of our members.