About Us

The Grange is a family-oriented fraternal organization that promotes harmony and cooperation among all persons interested in elevating and enhancing community betterment, family values, education, our food and fiber production system, legislation and a better way of life for all.

The heart and soul of every local Grange is community service. Through strong local leadership and innovation, the Grange contributes to a stronger and better way of life for all Americans. No project is too big or too small. Grangers rally together to get the job done.

Turkey Hill Grange has a long and proud history. Turkey Hill Grange was chartered in 1874 with nineteen members and quickly grew to 117 members just six years later.  Turkey Hill Grange is the largest and most progressive Grange in the State of Illinois, including 4th and 5th generation descendants of some of our charter members.

In early days, Turkey Hill Grange met in members’ homes, but we have had a Grange Hall since 1885, when the first Hall was built on one acre of land donated by a founding member for a school and Grange Hall. The first Hall was destroyed in 1904 by fire and the second one was removed in 1936 due to excessive needed repairs. We have been in the current Grange Hall at the same location since 1937.

Turkey Hill Grange By-Laws

Turkey Hill Grange By-Laws with changes approved by the membership on June 10, 2022:   Turkey Hill Grange By-Laws as of June 2022

Events and Activities

Turkey Hill Grange has many opportunities for you to meet members of your community and become engaged.

  • Ham and Peach Dinner
  • Trivia Nights
  • Chicken Dinner
  • Wurstmarkt
  • Quilting & Sewing Activities
  • Quilts of Valor Presentation Ceremony
  • Hosting Flea Markets at the Grange
  • Participating in Local Farmers Markets
  • Making Jams, Jellies & Apple Butter
  • Arts & Crafts Projects & Competitions
  • Family Activities Outings

 

Community Outreach and Involvement

Vine Street Market, 212 E 1st Street, O’Fallon, IL

The Market is open on Saturday mornings from May through October, from 8:00am to noon.   We sell produce, honey, and homemade jams, jellies and apple butter from our members.

Swansea Farmers Market, 2801 N. Illinois St, Swansea, IL (Rural King Parking Lot)

The Market is open on Thursdays from May through October, from 10:00am to 2:00pm. We sell produce, honey, and homemade jams, jellies and apple butter from our members.

 

Our Youth

The Grange is instrumental in growing the next generation of community members and leaders.  We sponsor a local 4-H Club and the area’s first American Heritage Girls troop.  These groups are able to have free use of the hall to hold meetings and host activities.

Scholarship Foundation

Turkey Hill Grange has established a Foundation to raise money for scholarships.  Throughout the year we hold various fundraisers to support this effort.  Graduating students have the opportunity to submit an essay and tell us where they see themselves in five years.  Three scholarships are awarded from the submissions.