Power Farmstead

The George Power Farmstead Manuscript Collection contains some of the few remaining documents-deeds, last will and testament-as well as newspaper stories written through the years about the family and the farmstead of George Power, one of the earliest settling families of Sangamon County and one the oldest documented residences remaining in the county, a place that acted as both a residence and courthouse for the county from 1829 until nearly 1850. Indeed Abraham Lincoln pled some of his earliest cases in the residence and this fact alone makes the residence worth note. This collection also contains photographs of the farmstead from the early part of the 20th century as well as draft and final copies of the nomination form used in successfully entering the property to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.