Historic Preservation Through Community Involvement
Duncan Manor House
Our history in a grand manor.
In 1865, William Duncan, a successful Shorthorn Cattle breeder, purchased over 300 acres, and shortly after (circa 1866) built an Italianate style manor house on a hill overlooking the Illinois prairie. He called it Towanda Meadows. As the current owners we are honored to continue the legacy of this historic home.
Through passion and creativity, we are preserving Duncan Manor, an Italianate farmhouse on old Route 66 near Towanda once listed on Landmarks Illinois’ top 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois.
Today, Duncan Manor has become an idyllic setting for tours, concerts, weddings, educational, cultural and other community events.
Our goal is to become a place the community can visit for a reprieve from daily life. To achieve this we have created a 501(c)3 foundation to keep this historically significant site open and accessible to the public.
We are excited to share this iconic piece of history with others who wish to experience it’s unique atmosphere.
Towanda is located near Bloomington, Illinois. This historical property offers a private and intimate small town setting, while being close to the amenities of a big city.