Preserving the heritage and culture of the Illinois Amish.
The IAHC preserves two historic Amish houses including the oldest Amish house in Illinois, the 1865 Moses Yoder house. Future plans include an Amish living history farm and a 10,000 square foot museum center that includes state-of-the-art museum exhibits on Illinois Amish heritage and culture. The mission of the IAHC is to enhance the preservation, understanding, and appreciation of all aspects of the culture and heritage of the Amish people in Illinois from 1865 to the present.
The 1865 Moses Yoder House is the oldest Amish House in Illinois. It and the Schrock House had been in storage behind Yoder's Kitchen for over 15 years. On September 20, 2016, both the Yoder and Schrock houses were moved to the new location just west of Chesterville. The Yoder house was moved a short distance by a team of eight Amish Horses.
The Daniel Schrock house was built in 1882. It has unusual two-story porches typical of Somerset County in Pennsylvania where Schrock immigrated from. Above, the Schrock house is shown arriving at the new Amish Heritage Site on September 20, 2016. The Schrock house is currently under restoration and will be open for tours at the Steam Threshing event on July 21-22.
The Illinois Amish Heritage Center will be a five acre facility centered around the Moses Yoder living historical farm and a 14,000 square foot museum facility that features state-of-the-art exhibits on Illinois Amish heritage and culture.
Sheep to Clothing Spinning Event
The fascinating process behind spinning wool fibers into thread will be demonstrated live. A spinning wheel made by E.J. Miller in 1864, traveled from Somerset County, PA with the founding three families of the Amish settlement in the Arthur area. It was recovered from the attic of the Moses Yoder home and will be on display during the event.
Left is a video of binding wheat at the Illinois Amish Heritage Center held on June 21, 2017 in preparation for the Steam Threshing Show. The antique binder bundles the wheat into sheaves that are tied with binder twine. Eleven sheaves are then stacked into a shock that is allowed to dry in the field for about 10 days.