Wapello Land & Water Reserve

Wapello is what Hanover, Illinois, was originally called, named for the chief of the Fox Indians, one of whose villages was located here. Many know this land as the “John Chapman Archaeological Site,” where the University of Illinois in 2003 excavated significant artifacts from two different American Indian cultures dating back to A.D. 1050.

Based on its significance as a meshing point of two Native American cultures, this 79-acre site south of Hanover, Illinois, was accepted into the National Register of Historic Places. It now boasts one of the premier prairie restorations in the Midwest, so significant that the Field Museum has partnered with JDCF on several projects there.