The Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1959 by local citizens interested in preserving the heritage of the Sterling-Rock Falls area. To further this goal the Society established a museum to interpret, preserve and research local history. The museum is currently located on the grounds of the Dillon Home Museum.
In March of 2007 the Society purchased the Lincoln-Manahan Home, 607 E. 3rd Street, Sterling. This home is one of the oldest remaining homes in the area, dating back to 1847. It is also the home where Sheriff William Manahan hosted Abraham Lincoln during his 1856 visit to Sterling. After extensive restoration the home was dedicated July 18, 2011 as the Lincoln-Manahan Home Museum. It is open to the public May through October, Saturdays and Sundays 1-4 pm, also for group tours by appointment.
School Tours are available by reservation by calling the SRFHS Museum, 815/622-6215 or Estella Metcalfe, 816/626-2796
Terence BuckalooDirector and Curator
"The mission of the Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society is to discover, procure, restore and preserve whatever may relate to the history of Sterling and Rock Falls, IL and of the United States and other communities in as much as they are related to the history of the Sterling-Rock Falls area. The Society will also encourage, assist and promote the education of citizens and visitors to our community about our history and its heritage".
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Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday10AM-12PM & 1-4PM
Sterling - Rock Falls Historical Society1005 E. Third Street, P.O. Box 65Sterling, Illinois 61081Phone: 815-622-6215
Lincoln-Manahan Home607 E. Third StreetSterling, Illinois 61081
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