This stunning Victorian home and former Rockwell boutique bed and breakfast is nestled in the quaint rural community town of Toulon IL, where history abounds. Toulon is the county seat of Stark County, and this beautiful home is just blocks from the stately County courthouse. That original hall of justice still stands, and those very courthouse steps once played host to both Lincoln and Douglas as they spoke during their debates so long ago. Constructed c1889 by civil war veteran Levi Silliman, this Victorian home was occupied by his family for nearly 100 years, and it has had only 2 owners since. Levi was in the lumber industry and his exquisite taste for fine woodwork is reflected throughout the home. Each main floor room is meticulously crafted with a different type of wood; the entrance foyer, hall staircase and railings are hand-carved solid oak; the parlor walnut, the dining room pecan, and the library/living room cherry. The floor-borders between each room present a gorgeous intarsia-type design of different inlaid woods from one room to the next. This home also boasts many unique classic design treasures such as decorative moldings, beautiful hand-carved wooden door casings, pocket doors, beautifully crafted fireplace mantles with surrounds and hearths adorned in original Victorian-era tiling, glass-door enclosed in-wall bookcases/cabinets, and original stained-glass windows. The 10 ft ceilings and spacious rooms are particularly inviting. Along with the aforementioned rooms, the main floor also includes a family room, laundry room, spacious kitchen, and full bath. Upstairs, you will find another full bath furnished with period-style sink and tub, and again you will find the bedrooms crafted with different woods. There are four bedrooms total, one of which adjoins a parlor suite. The attic and basement areas are unfinished, and the home is situated on a large corner nearly 1-acre lot featuring many mature trees and an unattached garage. Recreational opportunities are many in the area, starting with the 26-mile Rock Island bike/hike Trail having its termination point in Toulon. Numerous nearby lakes and rivers provide many outdoor opportunities for boating/water-sports, camping, fishing and even riverboat excursions. Toulon is just 15 minutes from Kewanee IL, which provides Amtrak rail service to Chicago. Peoria and Galesburg are each a 35-minute drive and are your destinations for shopping, dining, and cultural endeavors through their theaters and museums. And to that end, there are a great many historical sites that dot the landscape all throughout central Illinois. Peoria also boasts a fine airport with destinations all throughout the country. If you have always wanted to leave the fast-paced big city lifestyle behind and experience small town living all within the beauty and grandeur of a finely crafted, historic Victorian home, this classic beauty awaits. Motivated seller…make an offer today!
Updated on September 28, 2023 at 10:42 pm