Teutopolis, Illinois: Monastery Museum

A former monastery, now a museum with historical and religious artifacts displayed in the former cells of the novice friars.
Address:
110 S. Garrett St., Teutopolis, IL
Directions:
East side of downtown, on the grounds of St. Francis of Assisi Church. From US Hwy 40/E. Main St. turn south at the Museum sign onto S. Garrett St.
Hours:
April-Nov., 1st Su of month, 12:30-4 (Call to verify)
Phone:
217-857-6404
Admission:
Adults $5, Children $1
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Monastery Museum

This monastery, built in 1858, is now a museum. Visitors can see a novice's cell, many religious artifacts, a mausoleum, and St. Francis of Assisi Church. The Friars who once lived here used crafts to maintain themselves. Visitors will see their cord machine, an intricate invention that feeds 62 spools into a loom to weave a cord of unique texture and strength. These cords were worn around the waist by the Friars.

[Trudy DesLauriers, 08/07/2014]

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