Welcome to Historic Leclaire


The Leclaire National Historic District is a 19th century neighborhood in the heart of Edwardsville, Illinois. Founded by social visionary N.O. Nelson in 1890, Leclaire was a model cooperative village offering affordable homes, a healthful environment, free education, opportunities for recreation and self improvement, and pleasant working conditions at the N. O. Nelson Manufacturing Company.


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Learn the unique story of Leclaire.

Learn the unique story of Leclaire.


Welcome Residents

Whether you've lived here for 20 years or 20 days, find helpful resident information here, such as our monthly organization meetings, Edwardsville's historic code, and FOL volunteer opportunities. 

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Leclaire is home to a 5-acre park, a nationally recognized college, a celebrated Children's Museum, and lovingly restored homes.