Civil War Home Built by The Cole Family in Illinois

$ 275,000
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MLS #20003091
Contact nameProperty Peddler - Brenda Chandler - Managing Broker
Contact phone618-201-3947
Year built1838
StatusMove-in Ready
Home area3,048 sqft
Lot Area3.8 acres


At the end of the dead-end street Park Ave and just below the top of the hill sits this historic home on 4+/- acres with an interesting view of the Mississippi River. History has it that the original home was built during the Civil War by the Cole family which also had the first corn mill on the river where ConAgra is now located. The home has been occupied by the same owner for the past 34 years and improvements have been made. The style of the home is called Italianate and the main style and architecture can still be found in the details of the porch and overhang. A two-car garage has been added onto the home along with other updates. The pool is used year to year and is conveniently located in the fenced yard overlooking the Mississippi River. On the main level of the home are 2 bathrooms, laundry room, foyer – large hall, family room, office, dining room, living room, kitchen and three fireplaces (one with a gas insert). Upstairs are 4 bedrooms, one bath, and a fireplace. History period millwork and 11-foot ceilings are prominent on the main level. The 4 acres is partly wooded and overlooks the Mississippi River.

The original owners of the house, The Cole Family were known as an Entrepreneur, innovator, and philanthropist because they established a successful flour mill near the Mississippi River in the mid-1800s. Both Charles B. Cole and his daughter Alice Emily Cole were well known for sharing their riches with the citizens of Chester and Randolph County, by building the Chester public library and donating the acreage for Cole Memorial Park, both of which are still there to this day. Rumor has it that this home actually had electricity before St Louis, Missouri or Chicago, Illinois. When Mr. Cole had Thomas Edison put electric in the mill, the extra power generated was used to run this house and the street lights for Chester, Illinois.
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Listed with Property Peddler Inc – Brenda Chandler Managing Broker – 618-201-3947