During these uncertain times, the Washington Historical Society wants to let our fellow community members know that we are thinking of all of you and hope you are staying healthy and safe. We are all in this together.

Though we don’t know what the future may hold, we do hope that the Washington Historical Society can continue to play a vital role in preserving and sharing our local history for generations to come. With that in mind, we want to let you know that for a limited time, your donation to the WHS can go even farther. From March 16 through May 1, 2020, the Caterpillar Foundation has expanded its existing U.S. Matching Gifts Program to provide a 2:1 match on employee and retiree donations to eligible nonprofits. Program conditions can be found at: caterpillar.com/matching-gifts. If you are a Caterpillar employee or retiree, please consider making an additional donation to the Washington Historical Society at this time. Donations or dues can be mailed to: Washington Historical Society; PO Box 54; Washington, IL 61571. We appreciate your continued support. Thank you.

Acquire, Preserve, Display

The mission of this Society is to acquire, preserve, and display Washington’s history.

Historic Washington

Dr. Harley Zinser Home

105 Zinser (Est. 1858)

Constructed in 1858, the home of Dr. Zinser features a Greek Revival structure and was designed to be a single family home with an office in the east parlor. Additions to the home were added later in the 1880's and early 1900's.

Today, after careful restoration, it is the headquarters for the Washington Historical Society and was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. [1]

Hiram Price Home

109 Burton (Est. 1867)

Although exact building records are questionable, the home at 109 Burton was originally built at 102 Burton in 1867 with an Italianate Structure by Hiram Price. Price served as Mayor of Washington from 1899-1901. In 1915, the home was purchased and moved to 109 Burton by Henry Denhart which later accommodated the First National Bank's Money Store.  After some renovations in recent years, the house still stands as a single family home in Washington. [1]

Hiram Price Home (Est. 1867)

116 N. Elm

116 N. Elm (Est. 1898 or 1906)

The exact age of this historic home is unknown, however it is believed to have been constructed in either 1898 or 1906. It is a foursquare house and has been well-preserved over the years. Its past owners have included two Washington Mayors: John G. Gorin and Richard F. Tanton. [1][2]

Est. 1898 or 1906

Israel Zinser Home

307 E. Jefferson (Est. 1878)

Moving his family to Washington to become the City's primary pharmacist, Israel Zinser built this house in 1878 for his family. The home has kept the same look and feel as it did in its day for over 130 years, the only exception being the porch that was added to the home in the early 20th century.  The home remains in the Zinser family, as it has for five generations. [1][2]

Israel Zinser Home (Est. 1878)

Holland Home

312 Market (Est. Mid-1800's)

Like many historic homes, the exact date of construction on the home at 312 Market is hard to place. It is said to have been constructed in the mid-1800's, however building records show a permit issued for the home in 1898. Still, the home has some pretty big historic significance for Washington, with its history dating back to the Matthew Holland, son of Hollands Grove Founder (later re-named to Washington), William Holland.[1]

Holland Home (Est. Mid-1800's)

Get Involved


 Town and Country Garden Walk

June 9th, 2018, 1pm-4pm

Come spend an afternoon enjoying not only the gardens, but musicians and local artists' work and demonstrations. Question and answer time with Master Gardeners included!

Purchase tickets here

Pet Parade

June 30, 2018, 10am

Bring your pet or come see all the pets! Meet Officer Daniel Foster and Thor! We have had all the usual suspects- cats and dogs... even a duck, a work and a pet rock! A special blessing of the pets by Rev. Doug Hicks will be offered.

Ice Cream Social

August 18, 2018, 1pm

Come on out to the Dement-Zinser house for an old fashioned Ice Cream Social! Sponsored by Tim and Jan Whiteside from Mason-White Funeral Homes.

Let's work together

Want to volunteer? Get in contact with Washington Historical Society today! We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Washington Historical Society
PO Box 54
Washington, IL 61571
Phone: 309-444-4793
Email: washingtonilhs@gmail.com

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