Welcome to the Lamon House


The Lamon House is a Greek Revival Cottage built in 1850 by Joseph and Melissa Beckwith Lamon.  The Lamon House is believed to be the oldest frame house in the Danville Area.   Joseph is the cousin of Ward Hill Lamon,  Lincoln's law partner and
bodyguard.  Melissa is the daughter of Dan Beckwith, who Danville is named for.   The home originally stood near downtown Danville on North Street, but was moved to its present location in Lincoln Park and was completely restored in the early 1980's.   The house is open Sundays from 1:30 to 4:30 (May thru October) or by appointment.

Author Bob O'Connor will be joining us again during "Arts In The Park" (June 25th and 26th).   Bob will be presenting Ward Hill Lamon and have his books "The Virginian Who Might Have Saved Lincoln and "The Life of Abraham Lincoln as President" available.

Join Bob on Friday June 24th, at the
Danville Public Library at 3 P.M.
for the presentation of Bob's latest book "The Murphy Farm: A Refuge, From Racism".

The Murphy Farm was already considered hallowed ground when the members of the Niagara Movement in 1906 removed their shoes to visit the engine house where John Brown was captured following his unsuccessful raid on Harpers Ferry in October 1859.

But the land was hallowed even before that, as troops from both the Union and the Confederacy crossed the land located just south of U.S. 340 near the entrance to the Harpers Ferry KOA Campground. Today the ground is part of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

2007 WDAN interview with Bob O'Connor

Bob O'Connor books on Ward Hill Lamon available at The Lamon House:

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The Lamon House
Vermilion County Museum Society
116 North Gilbert Street
Danville, Illinois 61832

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Background photo by Mike Helenthal - Danville Commercial-News