Historic Blackman/Evans House

Updated: Oct 11, 2021


George Blackman/Evans House - Main Street - Hillsboro Illinois
George Blackman/Evans House - Main Street - Hillsboro Illinois

Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places


Built in 1842-43 at a cost of $1,226.92, the house was constructed by George Blackman, a cabinet-maker from Canton Mass.


The Blackman house is a 1 1/2 story, frame structure with a stone foundation and side gable roof. Details on the north and south sides of the house suggest that, originally, there may have been a porch on the rear similar to that on the front of the house.


The original structure was four rooms, with two rooms and a small porch added probably more than 100 years ago. Miss Evans'; mother and grandmother were reared in this house. George Blackman was the present owner’s great-grandmother’s first husband; her second was Harry Hunt, and the house passed down through Harry’s daughter, to her daughter (Idabel's mother) and finally to Miss Evans.


George Blackman / Evans House - 1918 Ice Storm
George Blackman / Evans House - 1918 Ice Storm

1918 Ice Storm - George Blackman / Evans House - Former home of Idabel Evans. The home now serves as a Historical Society museum which is open by appointment.

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