Edwardsville/Glen Carbons is rich in art in culture. A historical walking tour in Edwardsville features Pre-Civil War buildings and other significant sites. Prominent on the tour is The Madison County Historical Museum that houses Native American artifacts, period furniture, curios and a library full of historical sources. Other homes, including that of Benjamin Stephenson - politician, civic leader, soldier and close friend of Abraham Lincoln - a Federal-style brick building built in 1840. It is reported that Abraham Lincoln visited here. The two-story masterpiece once inhabited by Colonel Thomas Judy, are favorite stops on the tour.
Due to the communitys commitment to preserve its rich heritage, future generations will be able to enjoy restored sites like the Nickel Plate Depot, built in 1883 and Lusk Cemetery Memorial Park, final resting place of many American soldiers from early wars.
The Edwardsville Public Library houses the Madison County Genealogical Collection. The Glen Carbon Historical Preservation Commission shares Glen Carbon Centennial Librarys third floor where memorabilia and historical photographs are preserved. The Glen Carbon Historical Museum is located on School Street.
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