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This was the house and office, circa 1837, of the first administrator of the Illinois & Michigan Canal, the long-awaited waterway connecting Chicago to the Mississippi River system. Tours are given by costumed docents in the house and in the Pioneer Settlement with a village of historic structures on property adjacent to the house-museum. Many aspects of pioneer and Illinois history are examined in period rooms. One of the most memorable exhibits is an early doctor's office, a well-equipped but unpleasant-looking place that quickly removes the glow of the golden past evident in other parts of the museum. History is part of the fabric of downtown Lockport, with frontier-era storefronts, antique shops and even a nearby restaurant called The Public Landing, located in a canal-side warehouse that was faithfully restored a few years ago.