Thursday Doors – Spencer House Barn

The building known as “The Spencer House” is situated on the northeast corner of the campus of the University of Illinois – Springfield. The Spencer House served as the home of the university presidents in days of old, later serving as the offices of the Campus Alumni Association. Before the State of Illinois took possession of the land in 1969, the property was a 465 acre farm belonging to the McClelland family. The original McClelland home on the farm was a walnut 2 room, 2 story log cabin, built in 1836. The log cabin was eventually expanded to a total of 8 rooms, 4 downstairs and 4 up. This home was torn down to be replaced by the Spencer House.

My doors today are the three doors on the McClelland barn (the doors on the Spencer House are plain and boring modern jobbers…).

Door #1

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West side of barn.

Door #2

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South side of barn.

Door #3

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East side of barn.

One final historical note…one of the McClelland nephews, Thomas McClelland, was a volunteer in Company C, 114th Illinois Infantry, during the American Civil War. He was captured at the the battle of Guntown, Mississippi, on June 11, 1864, and spent four months in Andersonville prison, where starvation reduced him from 160 to 100 pounds.  If you read my previous post, you might recall that I am a private in the Reactivated 114th Illinois Infantry… And I am not on starvation rations and weigh above 100 pounds.

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Thursday Doors – Strawbridge House

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The Strawbridge-Shepherd House is situated on the southern edge of the University of Illinois -Springfield. Originally built in 1845, the house was listed on the National Park Service  National Register of Historic Places in 2015.

This first picture shows the original 1840’s Greek Revival building. A Queen Anne styled addition was added to the rear of the house around 1865. More about the house HERE

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This next photo shows a couple tents of the 114th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry as viewed from inside the house during Old Settler Days on the grounds of the Strawbridge-Shepherd House.

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I need to point out that the only soldier without stripes on his sleeves is visible to the right. I am usually very well supervised!! (…and closely watched!)

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Thursday Doors – Shenandoah Valley, VA

Two doors today, taken this past week while I was at Fort Shenandoah, just outside of Winchester, Virginia. This first door is the front door to a fairly large 2-story house, and is located on the grounds of the Fort…

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This second door I happened across after leaving the Fort and beginning my journey home. I drove through the little village of Gainsboro, Virginia  , the northernmost community in Virginia, then turned west.

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12 1/2 hours later, I was pulling into my driveway back home in Illinois…

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