204 E. Harrison Street
Sullivan, IL 61951

www.astoriacompanystore.biz

(217) 728-4550

The store is located in a charming home built in 1894 by a doctor for his wife. She was a pianist and many of the homes original features were put in place to allow him to practice from the house and allow her to entertain guests with her music. The home was put into service as a boarding house during the depression. The structure continued to house families and their boarders throughout the 1960's and 1970's. Many of the actors drawn to Sullivan because of the world famous Little Theatre on the Square were housed here while working at the theatre. A gentleman who grew up in the house recalls sitting in on poker games hosted by Alan Alda of Mash fame. A woman, who once worked as an usher for the theatre while just a girl, remembered very nervously walking Margaret Hamilton home to the house after an evening performance. She remembers being nervous because she thought Margaret was a real life Witch. Margaret was most famous for her role as The Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz. The house is a very special place. Old houses have such character and this house is no exception. The front porch has played host to many a Margarita party. They often invite customers and friends to sip margaritas and sit back and watch the world go by.