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Randolph County historic site closed until April 2012

The Pierre Menard Home State Historic Site in Randolph County, Illinois has closed for the season due to budget-related staffing issues, and will reopen to the public in April 2012.

According to the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, the historic site is available for tours during the closure for educational, church, scout, other groups, or for family groups of ten or more people.

The tours will be conducted by volunteers.

Advance reservations for these tours must be made by calling nearby Fort de Chartres State Historic Site at (618) 284-7230, or by email at ftdchart@htc.net.

The Pierre Menard Home State Historic Site is located near Ellis Grove.

According to the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, the home was built in 1802 and was the home of Illinois' first Lieutenant Governor and is one of the finest examples of French Colonial architecture in the Central Mississippi River Valley.

This isn't the first time the site has closed due to budget issues.

In October 2008, then Governor Rod Blagojevich closed 13 historic sites and state parks in the state of Illinois.

Three Randolph County historic sites were forced to close including the Pierre Menard Home.

The other two sites that closed were Fort de Chartres and Fort Kaskaskia.

All three of the Randolph County sites re-opened four months later, April of 2009.

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