11817 Jubilee College Rd,
Brimfield 309/243-9489 or 309/243-7492
Jubilee College State
is closed to the public due to short staffing.
the orientation video below.
College State Historic Site preserves a remnant of the school founded
in 1839 by Philander Chase (1775-1852), the first Episcopal Bishop
of Illinois. At one time, Jubilee College occupied a dozen or more
structures on a 3,500-acre tract. The school included a theological
seminary, a college, a classical preparatory school for boys, and
a “seminary” for girls, as well as small farming operations.
site’s centerpiece is an L-shaped building, the design of
which was adapted from an Anglican chapel near London, England.
Constructed between 1839 and 1844, the two-story native sandstone
building housed the school’s chapel, classrooms, and dormitory
space. Today the “restored” building’s chapel
wing contains representations of an 1840s Episcopal chapel, a first-story
chapel extension that served during the week as classroom space,
and a second-floor dormitory room. The recreated schoolmaster’s
office and library are located in the larger west wing, which also
contains a video theatre and museum exhibits. In 1972 the Jubilee
College site was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Jubilee Cemetery, which adjoins the site, is private property.
are offered guided tours of the chapel/schoolroom/dormitory wing
and the recreated library and schoolmaster’s office. An eight-minute
orientation video and museum exhibits outline the building’s
history. The college building’s first floor is accessible
to persons with disabilities; the second floor is not.
facilities on the site include a large picnic pavilion and day-use
areas with many picnic tables. A 3½ acre lot, located on
the southeast corner of the site, contains a variety of Illinois
prairie plants. Other smaller plots scattered about the site include
an herb garden and a garden planted with flowers chosen especially
to attract butterflies.
The site hosts a number of special events including the “Central
U.S. Border Collie Competition” in May, the June “Olde
English Faire,” September’s “Autumn Harvestfest,”
and a nondenominational holiday observance, featuring organ and
choir music and candlelight tours, is held the first Sunday in December,
while special tours for local senior citizens are presented on the
following Monday. Contact site for details. Many programs are supported
by the Citizens to Preserve Jubilee College, Inc.