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The James Millikin Homestead, located in Decatur, Illinois, is the former residence of James and Anna Millikin, founders of Millikin University, Millikin Bank, and Millikin Estate Trust. In June 1974, the Millikin Homestead was added to the National Register of Historic places.

For more about the history of the James Millikin Homestead, please visit the History page and view our brochure.


Mr. Millikin's Birthday Party: The Homestead will be celebrating James Millikin's 191st birthday with a lawn party on Tuesday, July 31st, 6:00-8:00pm. Music from the Greater Decatur Youth Band and the Summer Strings Program will be featured at this event, which is free and open to the public.

Children's Tea: The Homestead will be holding its Children's Tea event on Saturday, June 23rd. You can make reservations two times, 10:30am-noon, 1:00pm-2:30pm. Cost is $10 for both children and adults. Call 217-412-0093 for reservations.

Christmas Open House: The Homestead's annual Christmas open house will be held on Sunday, December 3rd from 1-4pm. Come see the house decorated for the holiday season and enjoy cookies, candies, and mulled cider. The Sweet Treats Bakery with baked goods, candies, and treats to purchase will be open for business.

James Millikin Homestead High Tea: You are cordially invited to take high tea at 11:00 a.m. at the Homestead on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017. Call 217-433-2795 for reservations, as seating is limited. $30 per person.

Sarah Grady: A Life & Time Remembered: A unique opportunity to experience a forgotten time in Decatur history! Saturday, August 19th, 2017 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. $20 per guest, light refreshments will be served. Guest speakers will provide a historical perspective of Millikin Place, circa 1918, and the Millikin Homestead's role in the tragic 1918 influenza epidemic. Limited seating, please call 217-855-0363 for reservations.

Mr. & Mrs. Millikin Days, 2017: Photos from this year's Mr. & Mrs. Millikin days at the Homestead from the Decatur Herald & Review.

New online video tour: You can now take a tour of the Homestead online. Check out our new video tour on YouTube.

Restoration: The restoration of the Millikin Homestead's front hallway and staircase has begun, and the colors selected were discovered in the lion panel over the grand fire place in the front foyer of the homestead. Thomas Melvin, a Chicago painter who specializes in restorative painting, will be working on the restoration over the next month. Restoration Committee members Lucien and Brigitta Kapp have worked with Mr. Melvin in the past when he was here to complete other projects in the upstairs bedroom of the homestead. We are all very excited about the progress being made, and look forward seeing the project completed.

Donations: The children of Bill McGaughey were in Decatur last month for the planting of a Black Gum tree they donated in their father's memory. Bill, a Board Member and Ground Chair of the Millikin Homestead from 1989 to 2008, spent many hours through the years tending to the flowers and trees at the homestead.

tree planting
tree planting

Through regularly scheduled open houses, educational events, custom tours and rentals, fundraisers on location, and off-site sponsored events, the Homestead makes an effort to reach many different age and interest groups. One popular event is the "Mr. and Mrs. Millikin Days" program, where hundreds of local 3rd grade students are in attendance.

For more information about "Mr. and Mrs. Millikin Days," open houses, rental rates, and other events, please visit the following pages: Tours & Rates, Key Dates, and Special Events.

The Homestead, Inc., a not for profit corporation, was created in 1979 and is responsible for the maintenance and restoration of the interior of the homestead. Homestead, Inc., also strives to preserve this Decatur landmark by promoting community awareness of historical heritage and promoting preservation for the future generations.

For more information about Homestead, Inc., and how you can help preserve this historic landmark, please visit the Get Involved page.


The Millikin Homestead has close ties to Millikin University. Located just blocks from the Millikin University campus, the Homestead's grounds and buildings are cared for by the Millikin University grounds crew and security detail.


From the North (Chicago): Take I-55 south to Bloomington then US-51 south to Decatur. Continue on US-51 to downtown Decatur, then turn right at the intersection of Main and Main (yes Decatur has two Main streets). The Homestead is about ten blocks west from downtown off West Main Street. Directions
From the South (St. Louis): Take I-55 north to Springfield then I-72 to Decatur. Take 36 east at Decatur which turns into Eldorado Street. At the fourth stoplight, turn right on Monroe Street. Turn right onto West Main. The Homestead is one block away on the right.
From the East (Indianapolis): Take US-36 west to Decatur. US-36 turns into Eldorado Street. Continue through Decatur's downtown area, then turn left onto Monroe Street (about ten blocks west of downtown). Turn right onto West Main. The Homestead is one block away on the right.
From the West (Springfield): Take I-72 to Decatur. Take US-36 east at Decatur which turns into Eldorado Street. At the fourth stoplight, turn right on Monroe Street. Turn right onto West Main. The Homestead is one block away on the right.


Millikin Homestead
125 North Pine Street
Decatur, Illinois 62522

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