City of Pana

Kitchell's Mansion

     Captain John W. Kitchell served as a Captain for Abraham Lincoln both before and during his presidency.  He was said to have been one of those who escorted the President back to Springfield on his final trip home to be laid to rest.  In 1876 he erected the three story home at 208 Spruce.  The site is at the top of the highest point in Pana and is said the Captain selected this high point to look over the city and out onto the Illinois prairie.  The home still reflects the Second Empire design, mansard roof, central tower, and front and side verandas.  Home is owned by Joseph Kahak and Eni Duartz-Kahak