My brother David’s ashes were scattered here, in Jubilee College State Park, just west of Peoria, Illinois. Rest easy little brother. He was not a religious man, but this beautiful peaceful park is a fitting place for his ashes. The photo is the best one I think I’ve done in the park.

Jubilee College State Park is an Illinois state park located 6 miles west of Peoria, Illinois. It contains Jubilee College State Historic Site, a frontier Illinois college active from 1840 to 1862.
Jubilee College, and the frontier community that supported it, was founded in 1839 by Episcopal bishop Philander Chase. Earlier in his career Chase had founded Kenyon College in Ohio.
This was one of the earliest educational enterprises in Illinois. After the Bishop’s death, the college closed in 1862. In 1933 the college and grounds, then consisting of 93 acres (38 ha), were presented to the state of Illinois. The site has since been expanded to 3,200 acres (1,295 ha) and includes the original Chase residence and church.

Philander Chase was the uncle and caretaker of Salmon P. Chase, future Chief Justice of the United States.


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