The Livingston County Historical Society was recently awarded a grant from Enbridge, Inc. to aid in the restoration of the historic Strevell House in Pontiac, Illinois. The Strevell House is the only remaining building in Livingston County known to have hosted Abraham Lincoln. The house, which is located at 401 West Livingston Street near the downtown shopping district, was built in the 1850s. Several years ago, with the house threatened with demolition, a group of civic-minded citizens joined together to save the unique building by purchasing it and then donating it to the Historical Society. Over the last four years, generous donations from individuals, companies, and organizations have been used in the process of restoring both the interior and exterior of the home. The exterior renovations and restorations were completed in 2014. The interior work is well underway, and will likely take several more years to finish.
Enbridge, Inc. is an energy transportation company operating their Flanagan Terminal just outside of Pontiac IL. Since purchasing the Flanagan Terminal facility, Enbridge has been involved in several community-oriented projects in the area. Enbridge representative Cheryl Harvey, Government & Public Affairs Representative for the company, presented the grant to members of the Livingston County Historical Society and the Strevell House Committee at a ceremony held at the house on Thursday, March 12, 2015.
For more information on the Livingston County Historical Society or the Strevell House Restoration project, contact Pontiac Tourism: (815) 844-5847.