W.A. McCONNELL FOUNDATION
The Path to the Future Is Paved by Our Past
A wooden bridge. A bonafide historic Main Street. An original farmstead. A life-giving creek. Working farms and silos. An oak tree. Centuries-old resting places marking those who have gone before us.
Wooden Bridge Named as Top Endangered Site
On May 4, 2023, Richmond's Wooden Bridge was named as one of the 2023 Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois by Landmarks Illinois! This designation is well-deserved and, we hope, will help to secure proper maintenance and preservation of this iconic community landmark.
Find the full info here: www.landmarks.org/preservation-programs/most-endangered-historic-places-in-illinois/
What are some ways you can help?
Thanks to your generous donations, we were able to save Richmond's oldest standing building, Old No. 90, built by Charles Cotting around 1844. Initial preservation plans include stabilization of the foundation, as water along the sidewalk has caused detioration and movement.
Our site is still under construction. We appreciate your patience!