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St. Charles Heritage Center and Camp Kane

215 East Main Street, St. Charles, IL 60174, USA

St. Charles played an important role in the Civil War as a training ground for the Eighth and Seventeenth Illinois Cavalry, as a recruiting center, and as home to Brig. Gen. John Farnsworth. The museum exhibits artifacts, pictures, and written information about the community's association with the Underground Railroad and the Civil War. Camp Kane trained more than one thousand men for the Union army, including the Illinois cavalry units mentioned above. General Farnsworth donated the land for Camp Kane, which today is a community park. The museum interprets the Civil War history of St. Charles and Camp Kane.


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If you are coming from the East or West you can take I-90 exit south on Randall Rd.-continue south till you reach Rt. 64-Main St. (Commonly referred to as North Avenue) approximately 10 miles. You can also take I-88 and exit north on Farnsworth Ave. The name will change to Kirk Road. Continue north till you reach Rt 64-Main St. (Commonly referred to as North Avenue) approximately 8 miles. If you are coming from the North or South take Randall Rd till you reach Rt. 64-Main St. (Commonly referred to as North Avenue).

Visitor Services

Public rest rooms, information, handicapped access, gift shop, museum.

Regular Events

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Admission Fee

Suggested donation, adults $2.00, seniors $1.00, students $1.00, children Free


(June - August) Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M., Sunday: 12:00-4:00 P.M.; Langum Park (former site of Camp Kane): Daily, Sunrise to sunset: Closed: Major holidays



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