West Franklin Historical District &Silkwood Inn Museum

The Inn was built in 1827, by Brazilla (Basil) Silkwood, who had come to Illinois from Pennsylvania. It is the only remaining original structure along the Old Shawneetown-Kaskaskia Trail that connected communities in Southern Illinois during the early 1800s. Also known as the Silkwood Tavern, Halfway House, and the old Slave House, the inn was a popular stop along one stagecoach line.


  • Address7570 Mulkeytown Rd - Mulkeytown, Illinois
  • Phone: (618)724-4175 or (618)724-7378
  • Hours: Open the first & third Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Tours available upon request.)
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