Branson House

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The Honorable


Welcome to The Branson House

This large frame "Eastlake Victorian" home, built in 1876, stands at the top of what is known as "Brahm's Hill", and is located where once stood the home of Dr. and Mrs. John Allen, friends of Abraham Lincoln, who moved to Petersburg from New Salem. A two-story square pillared porch extends to the roof line. Behind the imposing facade lie an equally imposing series of rooms. This house boasts seven marble fireplaces, four downstairs and three in upstairs bedrooms plus a magnificent wood sculptured fireplace in the main entry hallway.
In the early 1950's an elevator was installed for effortless access to the second floor bedrooms. The house has been updated with central air and heating throughout.


The Honorable Nathaniel W. Branson, the builder of this beautiful home, was a native of Jacksonville, Illinois. Mr. Branson graduated from Illinois College in 1857 where he studied law and was admitted to the bar three years later. He came to Petersburg in 1860 where he met and married Miss Frances (Fanny) Regnier, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Francis Regnier, from Petersburg, and former residents of New Salem. Mr. Branson was twice elected a member of the Illinois State Legislature and in 1876 was a delegate to the National Convention in Cincinnati which nominated Hayes and Wheeler for the presidency.

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