Get Up-Close to the Oldest Bank in Illinois Built in 1841
It is rich with history from an era that dates back more than 180 years. It's the oldest building built specifically to be a bank in Illinois history and there's a recent up-close look at what remains within its walls.
This bank that predates the Civil War by 20 years is the Shawneetown Bank State Historic Site. It's located in extreme southeastern Illinois and shows what used to be one of the main buildings in that region in the middle of the 18th century.
Keith Dotson Photography visited the location and captured video that was shared on YouTube of the outside structure and even the view through some of the windows.
From the video, he revealed that many of the walls show their original bones behind the original design.
There are even remnants of what looks like a fireplace and the brick backbone of the building.
What was life like back in 1841? As Wikipedia documents, that was the year when President William Henry Harrison became the first president to die in office when he lost his life to pneumonia. It was also the year that French painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir was born.
The Shawneetown Bank State Historic Site has been deeded to the state of Illinois, but doesn't appear that it's available for tours as of yet. With so much history that still remains inside, let's hope at some point it's available for a walkthrough to see how buildings were designed over 180 years ago.