Seacord House

624 N Cherry Street , Galesburg, IL 61401 USA (Show map)


The Seacord House is an 1890's Victorian lovingly furnished in period decor with lace curtains and family antiques. The parlors are available for conversation or reading. Games, cards and books are always on hand. Relax on the front porch swing or enjoy the backyard patio. We are close to Knox College, Carl Sandburg's birthplace, the Bishop Hill colony and the Spoon River country. Our own special recipe muffins, waffles or other treats are made 'from scratch' daily to make your breakfast memorable.

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Innkeepers: Gwen & Lyle Johnson



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  • Guest room4.3
  • Service4.7
  • Value5.0
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Lovely stay, charming home and hosts

5 on December 17, 2016

A long overdue review, but this fall brought my daughter to Galesburg for a college visit. The Seacord House is lovingly decorated, comfortable and convenient to town. The Johnson's are very accommodating, and can't say enough good things about the breakfast! You can't go wrong staying here! Susan M

Great value, charming home

4.8 on December 18, 2011

We had a lovely stay at the Seacord. It's within walking distance of Seminary St. where we enjoyed the unique shops and restaurants. The Seacord House itself is an old fashioned mansion with hard wood floors and victorian furnishings. The rooms were comfortable and the water bed was a fun novelty. Gwen and Lyle were gracious and went well beyond expectations to make sure we were comfortable. We had an early flight and were leaving Galesburg at 5:30 am. We told them we would, of course, be skipping breakfast. Lyle, however, woke up at 5am and made us muffins so that we would have something hot to take with us.

Seacord House

5 on August 17, 2011

This is the house you wish you had grown up in. Children in books go to homes like this to visit their grandparents.... The house is decorated in a charming blend of anitques and family memorabilia. The rooms at Seacord House are homey, and comfortable. The porch and garden are lovely places to sit, relax, and unwind. A wide selection of books in the rooms and the house's library make even a rainy day delightful... but most amazing is the food. The breakfasts are delicious ~ one would be hard pressed to find food as good at a restaurant. This is definitely more than your money's worth.

Better Like Waterbeds

2.8 on July 12, 2011

This is the first B&B we've stayed at with waterbeds. All the rooms have them, either queens or twins. Did not sleep well, perhaps because not accustomed to waterbeds. The rooms are fairly small and all share a common bathroom, but there are sinks in each room. Breakfast was a fairly minimal affair of waffles and strawberries, coffee and oj. House is a Victorian in an attractive and historic part of town, surrounded with greenery. Several restaurants are within walking distance, .75 to 1 mile away.

Another wonderful stay at Seacord House!

5 on July 02, 2011

Galesburg is a wonderful place to visit, but it's worth going just to stay at the Seacord. What you get for your money is amazing: interested, helpful, easy-going hosts who will sit and converse if you like, and leave you alone when you like; excellent home-created breakfasts with special requests honored; waterbeds perfectly-filled to comfort your contours; books of all sorts; WiFi (unlike at the coffee house downtown from which Seacord gets its fine coffee!); lovely, leafy, historic neighborhood; family atmosphere. We love Gwen and Lyle's house and ways, and will be back from Arizona again if at all possible!

Absolutely delicious

5 on June 02, 2011

Mrs. Johnson (Gwen) is a delightful host and Mr. Johnson- Lyle is a wonderful cook. His waffles were light and filling at the same time. Served with fresh fruit and freshly ground coffee, made for a fantastic breakfast. Definitely a place to which I will return as often as possible.

Terrific B & B

4.8 on December 08, 2010

I travel alot with my job & always stay at the Seacord House. I enjoy sleeping on the waterbed, I find it very comfortable. The food is delicious. Galesburg is a neat, quaint town with alot of nice restaurants. Llye & Gwen are very personable & I enjoy conversing with them. I am looking forward to my stay tonight at the Seacord!!

Would stay there again

4.6 on November 19, 2010

If you are looking for a high-priced luxury room, this is not it. However, if you are looking for a comfortable room (with a waterbed!) in a home filled with an eclectic collection of antiques and things well-loved by the owners, this B&B is a great choice. Gwen and Lyle were gracious hosts, interesting to talk to, and he is a wonderful cook. They know their area and helped us understand the history of Galesburg and nearby Bishop Hill. I would definitely stay there again if I'm in the area.

A delightful and delicious B & B

4.8 on June 25, 2010

Seacord house is owned by a couple that take great pride in their B & B.. and develop long lasting relationships with their guests,, and can they cook a great breakfast....

Love Gwen & Lyle!

5 on April 13, 2010

Our son is going to Knox College, so we were researching places to stay in Galesburg on the internet and found Seacord House. We LOVE Gwen & Lyle -- they are gracious, hospitable, conversational, interesting and fascinating hosts, and they have a lovely, old house. Plus, Lyle makes to die for breakfasts! Their house is within walking distance of the Amtrak Station and the campus, although Lyle is willing to give you a lift if you need it. We never saw the ghost, but as one reviewer has noted, it must be a happy ghost!

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Location Type



Peoria, IL (PIA-Greater Peoria)

Directions to property:

From Quad cities on 74 take exit 46a onto 34, take Seminary St exit, turn left onto Seminary St, go to 2nd stop light at Losey St, turn right onto Losey, go to Cherry St. Or from Peoria take exit 48a off of 74. Go West on Main St. to Cherry St. Turn right onto Cherry Street, 6 blocks to Losey. We are at the intersection on the Northwest corner.

Area Attractions

Beach, Nature area, Knox College, Carl Sandburg birthplace, Riverboat Casino, Bishop Hill, River

Inn Details

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, CD player, Computer, DVD Player, Fireplace, Internet Service, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos , ROCKING CHAIR IN ROOM, READING LIGHTS IN ROOM

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Desk, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Library, Radio, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Canoeing, Golfing, Hunting

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  • Check In:: flexible
  • Check Out:: flexible
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes well behaved children always welcome
  • Childcare Provided: No if leave premises must take child with you
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: credit card # or 1 night charges
  • Cancellations: 2 day notice, will re-book if possible or charge to credit card if not possible



Gwen & Lyle Johnson

Languages spoken


About the innkeepers

Interests: cooking, antiques, international exchange students, travel, books and music, local government, our guests. Lyle retired Head Start consultant, presently Co. Bd. vice chair, cooks breakfasts. Gwen manages Bed and Breakfast business.

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  • Time Served: 7 - 9
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Lyle's Malt Waffles
Light, crisp, rich waffles accompanied by fresh strawberries when available, real maple syrup.