History on the Move: Historical Peoria Bus Tours

Throughout spring, summer and fall, our History on the Move Historic Bus Tours provide the unique opportunity to view many of the historic homes and venues in the Peoria area. Expert guides provide fascinating stories and information.

Certified PHS guides lead historical bus tours from June through October on Friday and Saturdays. Custom ("Step-on") tours with a PHS-certified guide can also be arranged for organizations who provide their own private transportation. The customized historic tour can also be combined with a tour of one or both of the historic house museums. Tour themes are listed below.


Roll Out the Barrel Tour

Peoria was once the whiskey capital of the world. Learn how and why so many distilleries and breweries came to be located here.


Naughty to Nice Tour

The tour traces some of Peoria’s colorful past during the 1920’s, including the site of the Bernie Shelton murder. Also discover why Peoria has earned “All-America City” status four times.


River City Tour

This tour has it all - the earliest settlement of the area, the whiskey and earthmoving capital of the world, the great mansions of Grandview Drive and the beautiful historic areas of High Street and Moss Avenue.


Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Tour

Enjoy spectacular views of the river from the world’s most beautiful drive while seeing elegant homes of past and present Peorians. Continue with a tour of the oldest chartered cemetery in the state of Illinois, which features 255 acres of tree-lined roads.


Abraham Lincoln & the Civil War Tour

Learn the story of Lincoln’s many visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops who trained here and the monuments erected in their honor.


Haunted Peoria Tour

Enjoy the dark side of Peoria as we venture to places where strange sightings and events have been reported.


Landmarks & Monuments (NEW TOUR!) 

This tour focuses on some of the many wonderful outdoor sculptures in Peoria, as well as notable structures not emphasized in our other tours.


  Peoria was settled as a French fur trading outpost in 1691 under the direction of the French explorer Henri de Tonti. The first Americans settled here in 1819. The village was first officially incorporated as a town on July 18, 1835. At that time, the settlement looked much like this view which was originally drawn in August 1831 by John M. Roberts. This colored reproduction was created later by Charles Overall.

Peoria was settled as a French fur trading outpost in 1691 under the direction of the French explorer Henri de Tonti. The first Americans settled here in 1819. The village was first officially incorporated as a town on July 18, 1835. At that time, the settlement looked much like this view which was originally drawn in August 1831 by John M. Roberts. This colored reproduction was created later by Charles Overall.