CLINTON — Each year, during the holiday season, the C.H. Moore Homestead & DeWitt County Museum is decorated in full Victorian splendor, illuminated by candles, and filled with music. For many, the candlelight tours have become a treasured Christmas tradition. This year’s decorating theme is “Sweet Holiday Traditions.”
These special candlelight tours are open to the public and take place on Friday evenings only, beginning on the Friday following Thanksgiving, November 25. The remainder of the tours will take place December 2, 9, 16, and 23 from 5-8 p.m. each night.
In addition, the Museum Gift Shop, which offers a variety of Christmas ornaments and decor, gift items, and more, will be open during the extended candlelight tour hours.
Guests are asked to enter the house at the front door. Tours are self-guided, so visitors may arrive anytime between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and take as much or as little time as desired exploring the furnished historic house, exhibits, and carriage barn. Additional parking is available in the lot directly across the street from the museum.
The Victorian era mansion, the centerpiece of the C.H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum, is the former residence of Clifton H. Moore. One of DeWitt County’s leading citizens, Moore acquired his vast fortune through a land speculation partnership with Bloomington’s David Davis and was also a law partner, political supporter, and personal friend of Abraham Lincoln.
Located at 219 E. Woodlawn in Clinton, the museum is also open for regular daily tours Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. on Sundays through the end of the year. Visitors are welcome to stop by for a regular daily tour at any time during the daytime hours. For more details or to learn how to schedule a large group tour, call the museum at 217-935-6066.
Admission is $5 for adults, ages 12-18 $2. For those age 11 & under as well as members of the DeWitt County Museum Association, daily and candlelight tour admission is free.