Pioneer Artifacts


Among pioneer relics typical of small, regional museums is a large walking wheel which belonged to Mary Ann Rutledge. Abraham Lincoln had roomed
at the Rutledge Inn and is said to have courted young Ann Rutledge.
After Ann and her father died suddenly in 1835, Mrs. Rutledge left New Salem, Illinois and settled on a farm south of Fairfield near Birmingham.

A straw bee-hive (not pictured) is among artifacts which represent the
New Sweden community. Peter Kassel founded New Sweden in Jefferson County during the 1840's, the first permanent Swedish-American settlement.

This walking wheel belonged to Ann Rutledge's mother.