Upcoming Events:

History Happy Hour: Four Roses Bourbon

March 6, 2020 7PM


Come to our first tasting of 2020! For this tasting, we would like to celebrate the life and work of Four Roses brand ambassador Al Young (1942-2019). Young spent 52 years with the well-known distillery. He wrote the book, "Four Roses: The Return of a Whiskey Legend", and was honored by the release of Four Roses 50th Anniversary Small Batch Bourbon in 2017.

At this tasting, a flight of 5 types of Four Roses bourbons, snacks, and desserts will be provided, as well as an introduction by curator Sarah Adams and guidance by your tasting guide Dr. Nathan Steele, a Kentucky native and bourbon connoisseur.

Tickets are $35/$30 for SAA members and must be purchased before the event. We cannot take walk-ins for this program. Ages 21+ only.

Auditions for "Whacked at the Edwards Place Hideout" Spring Murder Mystery

March 7, 2020 & March 14, 2020 10 AM - 12 PM


Premise: An important meeting between rival mob bosses and madams is taking place at Edwards Place in the 1920s. During the post-meeting party, a mob boss is killed in grisly fashion! Guests will need to put their detective skills to the test to discover which of the six suspects is the murderer.  

Parts available for 5 women and 4 men.

Click here to access more information about the auditions.

Civil War Era Women's Fashion & Comportment Talk

March 20, 2020 6PM


Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library


Do you want to learn more about Civil War Era women's fashion, but aren't able to come to our Costuming Workshop on March 21-22? This free talk by presenters Kay Gnagey and Karen Duffy will take place the evening before, on March 20 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library (112 N. 6th St.).

Reenactor and Costuming Workshop

March 21-22, 2020

$90 for 1 1/2 day workshop

Edwards Place is privileged to offer a workshop presented by two nationally known reenactors and costumers, Kay Gnagey and Karen Duffy, on March 21-22, 2020. This is a 1 ½ day workshop on Civil War era women’s fashion and comportment. The attendees will receive free entry to a public talk on March 20, free entry to Edwards Place, free entry to the Illinois State Museum, lunch on Saturday, as well as other items. The workshop costs $90 per attendee and will be open to 60 people. 

Thank you to our sponsors: Soldiers Aid Society, Mary Hudgins, and Two Anonymous Sponsors


March 21: 9 AM - 12 PM Morning Session

                  12 PM - 1 PM Lunch Provided by Springfield Art Association

                   1 PM - 5 PM Afternoon Session

March 22: 9 AM - 12 PM Sunday Session

You can buy your ticket by clicking the button below, calling 217-523-2631, or coming in person to 700 North 4th St., Springfield IL.

Need a hotel? Carpenter Street Hotel is now offering a block of rooms for the cost of $84 for workshop participants. Carpenter Street Hotel is a convenient location to reach Edwards Place in a matter of minutes on foot. Continental breakfast is included with your reservation, and historic dress in the lobby is encouraged, should you be so inclined to dress for the workshop. You can reserve a room with Carpenter Street Hotel by calling the hotel at 217-789-9100 or 888-779-9100 and booking under “reenactment conference”. Our block of rooms will be available until 30 days before the workshop.

Special Tour: Edwards Place Servants

March 27, 2020 6PM

$15/$10 SAA Members

This special tour shows guests Edwards Place through the eyes of the servants. Servants will describe their duties and share gossip about the Edwards family as they take you through the house. This is your special opportunity to visit the cellar and attic – spaces that are not normally on view to tourists.

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