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Matthew T. Scott Home
National Register of Historic Places
Matthew T. Scott made his fortune on the Grand Prairie of Central Illinois in the 19th century by developing thousands of acres of farmland. He founded the town of Chenoa in 1855 as an agricultural and commercial center for his business activities. Although Scott bought and sold over 45,000 acres of Illinois farm land, the development of his personal holdings of 5,000 acres in McLean and Livingston Counties was his main interest. Scott's home was restored in 1983 by his great niece, Elizabeth Stevenson Ives, to its original condition. Groups are welcome.