Prospect House and Civil War Museum
The Prospect House and Civil War Museum was opened in 2008 by Jay Johnson, the great grandson of the home's builder James "Cap" Colehour. Along with his brother, Cap Colehour served for the Union during the Civil War from 1862 to the end. Cap belonged to the 92nd Illinois Volunteer Infantry and was shot twice, with one occurring at the Battle of Chickamauga, the bloodiest two-day battle during the war in which 35,000 were killed or wounded. Cap saved much of his Civil War belongings and stored them in the house. Some of these were put on display when the museum opened in 2008. The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.
Backstory and Context