Virgil Hickox House
Constructed in 1839 for the family of Springfield businessman Virgil Hickox, this historic house later became the location of a speakeasy. Hickox helped bring the railway to Springfield and chaired the Illinois Democratic Committee for twenty years, including aiding in the successful 1858 senate campaign of fellow railway investor, Stephen A. Douglas. After serving as an underground speakeasy, the former home later served as a legal tavern where politicians regularly gathered to discuss state politics.
Backstory and Context
to Virgil Hickox." Accessed October 1, 2017. https://www.gilderlehrman.org/collections/e191507b-f64f-4c6e-9e33-544313168978
Scully, Nanchen O. "Nomination Form: Virgil Hickox House." National Register of Historic Places. July 10, 1981. http://gis.hpa.state.il.us/pdfs/201374.pdf
"Virgil Hickox." Sangamon County Historical Society. October 13, 2017. http://sangamoncountyhistory.org/wp/?p=2102.