Portraits of Capt. Benjamin Godfrey and Rebecca Godfrey hang side by side in the Benjamin Godfrey Mansion.
GODFREY — Take a step back in time with Benjamin Godfrey and celebrate the preservation of Godfrey’s historical legacy during a dinner gala at Lewis and Clark Community College at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13.
The event will support the proposed Benjamin Godfrey Legacy Trail. Tickets are $50 per person and must be purchased in advance. The dinner will include a festive evening of “bill of fare” dining, music and re-enactors representing Benjamin Godfrey and his close business associates Winthrop Gilman, Theron Baldwin, Philena Fobes and even Elijah P. Lovejoy.
Tickets are available at Carrollton Bank, CNB Bank and Trust, Liberty Bank, the village of Godfrey and the Alton Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The North Alton Godfrey Business Council has spearheaded the Benjamin Godfrey Legacy Trail Project, an initiative to make the public more aware of Godfrey’s importance and contributions, to preserve his scholarship and vision for future generations and to add a significant tourism piece to the region’s historical mix.
The trail will ultimately include a video presentation, a descriptive brochure, an audio presentation and a curriculum developed for third- and fourth-grade students, which will be supplemented by a children’s book illustrating and telling the story of Godfrey. The foundation of the trail will also include the permanent marking of the Godfrey and Gilman Warehouse, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the Godfrey and Gilman homes, the Alton and Southern Freight Station in Alton, the Godfrey Mansion, the Godfrey Cemetery, the Benjamin Godfrey Chapel, the former Monticello College (currently Lewis and Clark Community College) and Plank Road, which runs between the mansion in Godfrey and Fourth and Belle streets in Alton.
The trail was developed by local historians, educators, authors and municipal officials over the last year.
For information, call (618) 465-6676 or (618) 466-8353.