Discover a beautiful historic landmark in Ottawa, Illinois just a short ride from our resort. Built in 1855, the Reddick Mansion and Gardens lets you step back in time to the 19th-century. Admire the ornate details as you learn about the rich history of this home listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. Located about 15 minutes from our family-friendly resort, this famous Illinois landmark is worth a visit for any history buff. After you spend a morning at our indoor water park or take a hike in Starved Rock State Park, add the Reddick Mansion to your vacation itinerary if you have a love of local culture.
Constructed by a prominent businessman and politician, William Reddick, the mansion is a fine example of local architecture. Historians think this might be the most expensive mansion built in the state before the Civil War. After William Reddick's death, he left his home to the city of Ottawa to be used as a library. For many years, it was a library and museum open to the public. Today it has been lovingly restored to its original grandeur. This 22-room home captures the beautiful Italianate style and offers a glimpse into life in a different era.
Guided tours are available from Monday through Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm. The admission is $8 for adults and $4 for students (K-12). Tours begin at the top of the hour, every hour and the last tour leaves at 2 pm. You can call 815-433-6100 for more details on opening hours and group tours.