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Come see the Anderson Mansion at the Macoupin County Spring Festival

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For many in central Illinois the true beginning of summer is kicked off by the Spring Festival lovingly called by locals as the Strawberry Festival. Set on the grounds of the Macoupin County Historical Society in the shadow of the Anderson Mansion, this festival takes place May 26-27, 2014.

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The Anderson Mansion is open to tour during the show. In 1883 John Anderson built his one-story residence. Then in 1892, as the family grew, he added a second story, attic and tower. Today, the Anderson Mansion in Carlinville is filled with antiques and collectibles and serves as the home of the Macoupin County Historical Society. The home offers miniature displays, depicting life in mid-America during the 1800s, military memorabilia, medical practices of the time and details on Macoupin County history.

The house is only part of the museum grounds visitors will also enjoy a stop in the blacksmith shop where a blacksmith will be busy at work, a beautiful church where Sunday service is held, a granary, an old one-room schoolhouse where everyone can give the bell a pull, a country store and print shop and more.

There is also a large display building was constructed to house the vehicles and farm machinery collected by the Macoupin Agricultural Antique Association. The Antique Association always holds a tractor show in addition to the event where visitors can enjoy the beauty of old iron.

There are vendors with every item imaginable from pottery to craft items and beyond. Don’t forget the food though, chicken and noodles run supreme as well as the legendary strawberry shortcake.

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