All History & Culture in Chester

  • Spinach Can Collectibles Museum

    This is the home of the official Popeye Fan Club at the 1875 Opera House. See memorabilia dating back to the early 20th century. Mon.-Fri. 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

  • Popeye Character Trail

    Popeye stands tall in the Elzie C. Segar Memorial Park by the Visitors Center in Chester. Search through town for his friends on murals and statues: Wimpy, Olive Oyl, Sweet Pea, Jeep, Bluto and more. Character statues are unveiled each year at the Popeye Picnic in September.

  • Mary’s River Covered Bridge

    Built in 1854 as part of a planked toll road, Mary’s River Covered Bridge is a must-see for any history buff. In fact, Mary’s River Bridge is the only covered bridge remaining in Southern Illinois! Since its construction, the bridge has been restored using original timber and stone abutments. The Read more [...]

  • Governor Bond State Memorial

    Visit the Governor Bond State Memorial, which marks the burial site of the first Governor of Illinois, Shadrach Bond. U.S. Senator Elias Kent Kane, Illinois’ first Secretary of State and architect of the state constitution is also buried here. And, erected in 1883, the obelisk monument is a historical item Read more [...]

  • Cohen House

    This beautifully restored mid-1800’s home has cobalt blue windows that were described in a book by author Mark Twain. Tours by appointment and open for special events.