Woodlawn Farm

The showcase homestead of Jacksonville’s extensive Underground Railroad network. Former slaves were ushered through this home on their way to freedom. This Farm, five miles east of Jacksonville, was established in 1824 by Michael Huffaker. Michael and his wife, Jane, rode by horseback from Kentucky, bought land east of Jacksonville, and built a cabin for their growing family and four cabins for free black families who helped Michael raise cattle, horses and crops. In 1840 he built the two story brick home which stands to this day on the property. Michael and his family were members of the Antioch Christian Church founded by Barton Stone.

Visitor Information


East of Jacksonville. Follow Morton Avenue east over Route 72, and follow the signs.

1463 Gierkie Lane
Jacksonville, Illinois 62650




Tours are by appointment only throughout the winter

Suggested Donation: $5 Adults
$3 Children

Donations can be sent to:
PO Box 116
Jacksonville, IL 62651