Events at Oglesby Mansion

President Grant’s Visit to Decatur Performance

President Grant’s Visit to Decatur PerformanceOnce again the famous Oglesby Mansion players will present “President Grant’s Visit to Decatur” for area fifth grade school children. The performances are scheduled for April 29 – May 3, 2019, at the Mansion.

Mon, Apr 29; 9:30 and 11:00
Tue, Apr 30; 9:30, 11:00, 12:30
Wed, May 1; 12:30
Thurs, May 2; 11:00
Fri, May 3; 11:00

Four characters are portrayed in Jennifer Wilson’s historical play. After the play each actor is interviewed by the students, and questions are answered in character to reflect life only up to 1880, the year of Grant’s visit. Governor Oglesby has been asked how long it took to get to the California gold fields, was he injured in the Civil War, and how did he meet President Lincoln. Mrs. Oglesby was asked if the children had pets, could the students talk to her children, and what is an academy. President Grant was asked if he had ever been injured in the wars, what was his horse’s name, and why was he wearing tennis shoes.

Students and chaperones are given a tour of the mansion, and then they return to the present, to learn from our docent about the Mansion’s restoration and preservation. If you are a Mansion patron, please feel free to sit in on a performance and watch inquisitive children become involved with the characters. Arrangements can be made by contacting Bill Horton at 217-877-0879 or at

Tour the Oglesby Mansion

Oglesby Mansion exterior with Open signThe Governor Richard J. Oglesby Mansion is open for tours.

March – November
Last Sunday of the Month
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

June, July, August
Wednesdays & Saturdays
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

A $2.00 donation per person is requested. Special tours for individuals and groups may also be arranged for a fee.

For more information, please call 217-429-9422.

We are located at:
421 West William St.
Decatur, IL 62522