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Bryant Cottage was built in 1856 by Francis E. Bryant (1818-1889), a friend and political ally of Senator Stephen A. Douglas. According to Bryant family tradition, on the evening of July 29, 1858, Douglas and Abraham Lincoln conferred in the parlor of this house to plan the famous Lincoln-Douglas Debates. The picturesque one-story, four-room wood frame cottage has been “restored” and is interpreted as an example of a middle-class life in mid-nineteenth-century Illinois. The furniture on display is of the Renaissance Revival style, appropriate for a small-town family of the mid-nineteenth century. The cottage is accessible to persons with disabilities. The site hosts portions of a variety of locally sponsored events throughout the year.
Stop by this roadside market for in-season fresh strawberries, tomatoes, beets, broccoli, cucumbers, eggplant and peppers.
Friends Creek Conservation Area
18 miles north of Decatur on Route 48 near Argenta. The park feature three nature trails - the quarter-mile Friends Creek Trail, the 2-mile Woodland Trail, and the 2.5-mile Sun Trail. Each varies in difficulty and meanders through topographies ranging from open meadows and floodplains, to towering oak-hickory forests and undulating hillsides.
Bridget's Blarney Stone
Bar & Grill - Small Town Hang Out Spot; with Karoke every 1st and 3rd Friday of each month
Monticello Farmers Market
This market sells fresh local produce.
Monticello Wabash Depot
Built in 1899, the restored depot is the departure point for a weekend afternoon train ride to the Monticello Railway Museum. It also serves as a visitor center for Monticello and Piatt County.
This roadside spot sells in-season fruits and vegetables.
Dielman's Asparagus Patch
Pick up fresh asparagus at this roadside spot from mid-April through the end of May.
Reeser Embryo Farm
Tour this farm, which is a commercial embryo transfer station that uses donor cows.
Family restaurant, breakfast all day, bar.
Iron Horse Restaurant
Steaks, some seafood, pasta, sandwiches and salads. Seating capacity 130, banquet capabilities, Sunday brunch, full bar.
Brown Bag Deli-Restaurant
The Brown Bag boasts a large selection of homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, pies and cookies. All pies are homemade at "Pies by Inge". Informal atmosphere and no reservations required. Gourmet food shop and card/gift shop all under one roof.
Bean Scene Cafe
Coffees, scones, breakfasts, imported teas, homemade pastries.
Gifts, decorative accessories, jewelry, candy - life's simple pleasures
Party supplies and gifts.
Prairie Fire Glass
Blown glass - stained glass. Glass blown on site - Demos daily
Featuring Watercolors of Larry Ziemer, plus other artists
Skinner's Coachhouse Antiques
General antiques, collectibles, lighting, restoration and repair. Call for appointment.
Corrie Art Glass
A custom stain glass studio.
A friendly little store with a lot of new stuff on the east side of the square.
We specialize in Americana, limited edition prints, custom framing, primitive antiques, gifts and decor. We are located in a 1906 vintage church.
Lunch with Santa on Train
Come out for Lunch with Santa on the Train at the Wabash Depot in Monticello, Illinois, a holiday favorite for kids of all ages. Enjoy a train ride, individual visit with Santa, and kid friendly sack lunch. The ride is about 60 minutes per trip. Reservations Recommended.
The Polar Express at Monticello Railway Museum
Held at Monticello Railway Museum. Read along with the story as the train makes its round-trip journey to the North Pole. Meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot chocolate, surprises and a treat. And, for those who believe, a special gift for each child. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas! Nov 14-15, Nov 21-22, Nov 28-30 & Dec 5-6.
Allerton Park Trail Run
The run is a 5.7 mile trail run (and 2 mile untimed walk) held on the estate of Robert Allerton Park in Monticello, IL. The time of year, Allerton is beautiful as the trail is through fall-colored forests and past the unique gardens and statuary of Allerton Park.