Bond County Historical Society

Preserving the history of Bond County, Illinois and its communities

Hoiles-Davis Museum

Hoiles-Davis Museum Hours

  • We are closed for the season. Thank you for visiting during Summer/Autumn 2018.
  • The Historical Society plans to move our collection to the newly donated location across the street and re-open as a museum in 2019-2020.
  • Or on special occasions
  • Groups welcome. Advance notice required for guided tours. Admission by donation.
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The Hoiles-Davis Museum is located at 318 W. Winter St. in Greenville, Illinois. The location is at the corner of Winter and Fourth Streets, and is only four blocks SW of the Bond County Courthouse. If traveling on Illinois Route 127 (Third St. through Greenville), turn west onto Winter St. at sign marked Hoiles-Davis Museum, and go one block on left. (Click below for detailed map)

The museum operates under the Bond County Historical Society with funding assistance from the Kingsbury Park District.

The museum will open for special tours. Please email or call 618-664-1590 with details to arrange special openings.

History of the Norman House, home of the Hoiles-Davis Museum

Norman House, owned by the Alexanders, in 1974

Norman House, owned by the Alexanders, in 1974

This brick structure was for many years known for its former owners, Isaac and Lydia Norman, and is more than 130 years old. The original portion of the home, comprising the two-story center section, was probably built around 1873 by Theodore Smith. Mr. Smith owned a hardware store at the corner of Third and Main Streets (now the site of the Greenville Post Office). Smith sold the home to James C. Merry, who in turn sold it to the Normans in 1876 for $1200.

Isaac Norman was a furniture dealer in Greenville. His business was located on Third Street, now the site of the Dollar General Store, and only three blocks from his home. The Normans added the front two-story section, the rear single-story section, and a front porch. They designed the changes to their home along the Italianate style, popular in the period. The home's short roof, overhanging eaves with decorative brackets, and tall windows typify the homes in this style. Many Italianate homes from this period can still be found throughout Greenville and Bond County.

Kevin Kaegy with Susan Hoiles and Cornelia Davis, 1999 Ribbon Cutting

Kevin Kaegy, Susan Hoiles, Cornelia Davis

Isaac Norman sold the home and moved to California in 1907 following the death of his wife, Lydia. The house had a number of owners over the next several years. The last were Byrl and Kathleen Alexander, who purchased it in 1962. After the Alexanders passed away, their family sold it in 1998 to the Bond County Historical Society, and with funding help from the Kingsbury Park District, the society began converting the historic home to a museum.

In December 1999 Cornelia Davis and Susan Hoiles cut the ribbon to the new museum during an opening ceremony. In honor of donations made by these two families to purchase the building, the Bond County Historical Society officially named it the Hoiles-Davis Museum. Since 1999, the Bond County Historical Society has displayed, organized, and preserved items important to the county's history at the museum. The grounds also have hosted annual band concerts, annual pie and ice cream socials, and Heritage Day activities.

Greenville Municipal Band Concert on museum grounds

Greenville Municipal Band with BCHS Pie and Ice Cream Social