By Tara L. Cale
Mottershaw said, “I’ve had about 1,500 tour so far. Of course, I’m always adding to the villages, so if you have been here before, come again – there is something new.” Mottershaw has built everything by hand, which includes over 155,000 lbs of hand-mixed concrete, and is currently working on a lean-to to store his authentic Amish buggy. “The buggy and I?neither one is getting any younger and it’s hard on both of us to move it, so I am building a permanent shelter for her,” he laughed. Dr. Mottershaw’s Ghostly Legends and Historical Villages are located at 28502 Pleasantdale Road, Girard, IL. There is no website, there is no Facebook page, there is only this unique clump of villages, hand built by a man that wants to educate people on American history, waiting for you to come and tour it. When you go to Mottershaw’s, because I know you will, you may have a little trouble finding it as we did, as it is not visible from the roadway. My tip is: after turning onto Pleasant Dale Road, watch for an s-curve with two uniquely styled homes on the left – one is dome shaped – that will catch your attention. The driveway to Mottershaw’ss is the very next drive on the left coming out of that s-curve. Tour, listen, learn – and make sure to thank Dr. Mottershaw for sharing his time and knowledge to keep American history alive in our minds and memories.