Creation of Amish history museum in Illinois underway

ARTHUR, Ill. (AP) — Efforts to open an Amish history museum in Illinois are underway after the oldest-known Amish house in the state was moved to the site set aside for the project west of Chesterville.

The house was moved by plow horses and then a diesel truck. The 1866 farmhouse and another that dates back to 1882 were moved Tuesday. They will be restored and form part of the new Illinois Amish Museum and Heritage Center.

Ervin Yoder, vice president of the Illinois Amish Preservation Foundation board of directors, was born in the older house. The foundation is creating the museum.

The foundation has raised more than $100,000 for the project. The restoration of the two farmhouses is expected to cost $250,000.