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If you want to face your fears this is the place to do it. Don't let the beautiful building and gorgeous contents fool you this location will take you in quickly. With the hidden room for slaves that's hard to get out of once you are in to Old Man Cheney letting you know if he wants you to go the night will be quite the experience. As we all know you can't make the spirits of the building tap dance on cue but you will have an enjoyable evening.
Cheney Mansion is located in Jersey County, Jerseyville, IL. There is an abundance of history about this area. Dating back to 1827 the Cheney Mansion has plenty of history. It is believed that the original Red House or slaves who hid in the basement's false cellar, which served as a "station" for the Underground Railroad. On September 9, 1909 a meeting was held at the Jersey County courthouse to organize the Jersey County Historical Society. Since this time many artifacts and museum pieces have made their way back to the Mansion or the Society itself to be displayed. Over the years the society's collection of historical documents and artifacts have been housed at several locations including the basement of the Jerseyville Library, the Joe Knight house in Dow, and the Gledhill House. In 1998 Clayton Brown and Richard McCauley purchased the Cheney Mansion and donated it to the society, and it became our permanent location.