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Bentown in McLean County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Benjaminville Friends Meeting House

 
 
Benjaminville Friends Meeting House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, October 2, 2020
1. Benjaminville Friends Meeting House Marker
Inscription.  Benjaminville was founded in the 1850's by Quaker farmers looking for rich prairie soil on which to grow their wheat. The Friends Meeting House, built in 1874, has changed little since then. The adjacent burial ground is divided into two sections: one for Quakers and a second for non-Quakers. When the expected Lake Erie Railroad went elsewhere, the town eventually died. The meeting house and burial ground are all that remain of Benjaminville. The site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
 
Erected 1994 by Illinois History Club of Lexington High School and The Illinois State Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Illinois State Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 40° 28.584′ N, 88° 48.359′ W. Marker is in Bentown, Illinois, in McLean County. Marker is on County Route 2400E north of County Route 1300N, on the right when traveling
Benjaminville Friends Meeting House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, October 2, 2020
2. Benjaminville Friends Meeting House Marker
Marker is underneath the tree on the right. Cemetery (mentioned on the marker) is behind the building.
north. Marker is located at Benjaminville Friends Meeting House Church State Historic Site. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13289 County Rd 2400 E, Ellsworth IL 61737, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. End of the Journey (approx. 7.8 miles away); Henderson's Standard (approx. 7.9 miles away); 1954 Route 66 Alignment (approx. 8 miles away); Pure Oil Truck Stop (approx. 8 miles away); 1926 Route 66 Alignment (approx. 8 miles away); Dead Man's Curve (approx. 8.1 miles away); The Grand Village of the Kickapoo Park (approx. 8.8 miles away); a different marker also named The Grand Village of the Kickapoo Park (approx. 8.8 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Benjaminville, Illinois on Wikipedia. Wiki page for the former town, which by 1870, was rendered a ghost town. This was to be a promising new village that had two churches (in addition to the Meeting House) and a few shops but the Lake Erie Railroad opted to bypass the town because of its elevation on the terrain. The Meeting House is the only surviving building from Benjaminville that remains. (Submitted on October 3, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
Additional keywords. ghost town, ghost towns
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 3, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 52 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 3, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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