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James Millikin Homestead, Inc.

The James Millikin Homestead, Inc., is a not for profit corporation created in 1979 to restore and preserve the interior of this irreplaceable Decatur landmark. A revised mission statement, created in the fall of 2019 states: Through preservation of the Homestead, we engage, educate, and entertain visitors with the stories of the Millikins and Decatur.

To fulfill the Homestead, Inc.’s mission, fundraising is an essential activity. Financial support of the Homestead is generated through memberships, fundraising events, grants, and donations. As funds are generated, restoration projects are evaluated and planned. Restoration projects have included the embellishment of ceilings and walls throughout the home, restoration and repair of the stained glass window, installation of new storm windows, and replacement of HVAC systems. Future projects will hopefully include repair or replacement of the roof, renovation of the Tower, and restoration of the porches.


The James Millikin Homestead relies on annual memberships to maintain the home and to take steps toward needed restorations and repairs. The support of our members is the lifeblood of this historic home in our community. Members provide not only financial assistance but also the commitment required to keep the Homestead a vital part of Decatur’s historic fabric.

An Organizational Membership has been added to give businesses, clubs and other structured groups the opportunity to support the Homestead.

We look forward to providing programming for our members in the coming year that will welcome you back into the Homestead and remind you of the treasure your membership dues help to protect.

Benefits of Membership

The Homestead annual membership year is March 1st thru February 28th with renewals sent in February each year. However, we invite potential members to join us at any time!

  • Participation in preservation of the historic heritage of Decatur.
  • Free admission to regular Sunday Open Houses.
  • Advance notice of Homestead-sponsored events.
  • Subscription to The Homestead Gazette quarterly newsletter.
  • 25% discount on Homestead rentals.
Friend $30.00 per year
Benefactor $50.00 per year
Patron $100.00 per year
Organizational $250.00 per year
Life Patron $1,000.00 per year (May be paid in four installments)
To become a member or to renew your membership, please download our Membership Form and mail it to:
The James Millikin Homestead
125 North Pine Street
Decatur, Illinois 62522

Volunteer Opportunities

The James Millikin Homestead welcomes volunteers! Volunteers are very important to the Homestead; bringing expanded, specialized resources and creating ties to the community. Tour guides are needed to provide knowledgeable tours of the Homestead for visitors of all ages. Volunteer assistance with event staffing and baking for the Christmas Open House are indispensable. If you have an interest in sharing your abilities with the Homestead, please contact us.

For more information about becoming a volunteer, call the Homestead at 217-422-9003 or email

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