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46Th Annual Fort de Chartres Rendezvous
This is one of the largest Rendezvous in the Midwest and features 18th century historically dressed participants, camps, crafts, music, entertainment, food and shooting matches. The event runs from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM both days. Admission is free, but there is a $5.00 parking fee per day.
CITY:Prairie du Rocher
Lost Trail Cabins
Lost Trail Cabins are fully furnished cabins located at the end of a dead-end road on 62 acres of private and secluded property. Bordering Shawnee National Forest in beautiful Southern Illinois less than three miles from the Johnson Creek Recreation Area of Kinkaid Lake, these cabins are perfectly situated between the Sparta World Shooting Complex and the Shawnee Wine Trail. They cater to all outdoor enthusiasts including equestrians, hunters, hikers, boaters, fishermen, and anyone just wanting to get away from their fast paced everyday life.
Scratch Brewing Company
Scratch Brewing Company is a farmhouse brewery and restaurant located 5 miles from the Shawnee National Forest in Ava, Illinois. Named one of the top four breweries for foraged beer by Outside Magazine, and one of the most beautiful places to drink beer in the world by All About Beer Magazine, Scratch Brewing Company focuses on farmhouse beers and other styles brewed with home grown and locally farmed and foraged ingredients.
Moof's Bar & Grill
Try a Moof Burger, or one of the other many delicious items on the menu, with a friendly and welcoming staff. Moof's is a great place to stop when in Chester, Illinois.
With an old-fashioned general store feel, Schenk's Market offers fresh meats, groceries and refreshments for weary travelers.
Big Vic's BBQ
Big Vic's offers delicious, smokey barbeque in a variety of meats, served with great sides.
Wilson Home Furnishings
Wilson's has furniture, draperies and curtains, rugs, appliances, and kitchen cabinets for your home.
Marcello's has a large selection of delicious pizzas made with only the freshest ingredients for a little taste of Italy.
Pistol City Restaurant & Saloon
Pistol City has a great menu full of delicious dishes and large buffet to keep everyone happy, set in a warm, family friendly atmosphere.
D & H Florist & Candle Shop
D & H has a large selection of wonderful flowers and beautiful candles.
Rice & Fries
Rice & Fries is delicious Chinese food with a twist.
Ye Old Landmark Inn II
Since 1934, Old Landmark Captain's Table has been offering great food, here are some of their delicious menu items: clam chowder, buffalo wings, fried calamari, burgers, homemade cole slaw and potato salad, and seafood and live music on the weekends.
Dave & Joyce's Country Kitchen
At Dave & Joyce's enjoy delicious homestyle cuisine fresh from their kitchen.
Ben's Diner has delicious diner staples in a fun, retro atmosphere.
Lollies Cafe offers different specials every day, and is best known for their all-you-can-eat blue gill Friday nights and all-you-can-eat fried chicken Sunday.
Reids' Harvest House
Reids' Harvest House Smorgasbord serves good, home-style, traditional American food. Their 35-foot buffet line is packed with so many wonderful, mouth-watering dishes. At Reids' there are no gimmicks to attract attention, just good food and plenty of it.
Susie's has a full menu of delicious items. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Doreen's Restaurant has an excellent menu full of delicious dishes to tantalize the senses, to enjoy in a bright, clean atmosphere.
From the Farmer's Table straight to yours, fresh and delicous home-cooked meals for the whole family.
Crazy Joe's Fish House
Hot Fish. Cold Beer! For the best in food, fun and atmosphere you've gotta get to Crazy Joe's!
120 sites, electricity, dump station, showers, reservations.
The Ol' Farmhouse Cafe
The Ol' Farmhouse Cafe has wonderful food in a casual atmosphere, also on site is a small gift shop and bakery.
Tequilas Mexican Restaurant
Tequila Mexican Restaurant offers delicious Mexican food at a great price with fabulous, fast, and friendly service.
Doza Creek Leather
Doza Creek has a wide variety of antiques and leather items.
32 room hotel, credit cards accepted, outdoor pool.
Randolph County State Recreational Area
96 sites, electricity available, dump station.
Dynasty Chinese Cuisine
At Dynasty enjoy delicious Chinese cuisine in a clean and friendly environment.
This turn-of-the-century Victorian house was ordered through the Sears Roebuck catalog and assembled for only several hundred dollars.
Jan's Horseshoe Inn
Jan's Horseshoe Inn has delicious food with fast, friendly service.
Di Carlo's Pizza & Pasta
At Di Carlo's enjoy delicious Italian pizza and pasta in a warm, casual atmosphere.
Nice Twice Resale Shoppe
Nice Twice is a consignment and resale store with a large variety of great items.
This beautifully restored home has cobalt blue windows. Tours by appointment and open for special events.
At Southside enjoy delicious ribs and so much more.
Cozy Corner Bed & Breakfast
The Cozy Corner Bed and Breakfast wants to provide our guests with every comfort during their stay in Sparta, Illinois. We are located 55 miles of St. Louis with an array of activities and attractions to enjoy. All rooms include their own private bath, hot homemade breakfast, complimentary beverages and snacks, in-room satellite TV, use of the hot tub and pickup from the local Sparta airport. We look forward to your visit and hope to make many new friends.
Ray's Shoe Store
Ray's Shoe Store has a wide variety of shoes for every occasion.
The Hunt Club
breakfast included, non-smoking rooms available
Pioneer's Cabin offers "A Taste Of The Good Old Days," with their homemade meals. They offer Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
28 room motel, credit cards accepted, cable television. restaurant witnin walking distance.
Carries a general line of antiques, specializes in furniture and clocks -- and if you're looking for a claw-foot bathtub, this is the place to visit! The shop offers restoration and stripping. Located in the City of Oraville, IL.
Randolph County Conservation Area
Amid rolling hills and abundant game cover, this area is a hunter's paradise offering quail, deer (archery only), squirrel, dove, and rabbit hunting. Bass and channel catfish are found in its 69-acre lake. Equestrian trails, picnicking, and camping.
Steeleville City Park
The focal point of this park is a monument dedicated to fallen soldiers from WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.
Marissa Antique Station, Inc.
Marissa Antique Station, Inc. has over 100 dealers and offers almost everything and anything you could want.
Sporto's Pub & Grill
Sporto's has delicious daily lunch specials, live music, karaoke, and much more. Friday fish specials and Saturday steak specials.
Southwestern Lakes Golf Course
This nine-hole golf course opened in 1967.
La Maison du Rocher Country Inn and Guesthouse
This inn, built in 1885, is a two-story, rectangular limestone building containing four rooms. Originally used a hotel, the limestone building is the same rock used for the first stone walls of historic Fort de Chartres, just 3 1/2 miles away. Air conditioned. The cottage sleeps up to five.
CITY:Prairie du Rocher
The Diner has a large variety of classic dishes for the whole family.
Garrison Hill Cemetery
The cemetery was created when graves were moved from Kaskaskia Island in the 1890s after a flood. According to one account, 3,000 boxes were moved, some containing entire families.
Krantz Floral & Gift Shoppe
Krantz has beautiful flowers and great gifts.
Gift Box Boutique
Extreme Events offers party supplies and rentals to make your next party a success.
Prehistoric dwellers left their marks on the rock walls. Petroglyphs depict animals, humans, geometric figures, and crosses.
Moody Pharmacy has great gifts for any occasion.
China King offers delicious Chinese food in a family friendly atmosphere with affordable prices and excellent service.
Wicks N Country
Wicks N Country offers candles, stationary, greeting cards, and gifts for every occasion.
Just Sue's has a wide variety of delicious dishes in a casual, comfortable atmosphere. Cash only.
39 room hotel, handicap accessible, credit cards accepted, cable television, small meeting rooms, outdoor pool, restaurant within walking distance, complimentary breakfast.
The Stone House Bed and Breakfast
A choice of three guest bedroom await you as well as a private sitting parlor with firesplace; two larges porches with Mississippi River view. Full breakfast served in formal dining room.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Ideally located 2 miles from historic downtown Sparta, our friendly Sparta accommodations offer travelers easy access to a number of local businesses, restaurants and attractions. Just minutes from our hotel near downtown guests can tour the Misselhorn Art Gallery, attend events at the Randolph County Fairgrounds, golf at the Sparta Country Club or watch a tournament at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex. Visitors can also enjoy local restaurants. During your visit to Sparta, enjoy the free, wireless Internet access & complimentary breakfast bar. On-site amenities such as a heated indoor pool & whirlpool, 24-hour Business Center, a well-equipped Fitness Center & 24-hour convenience store are also provided for your convenience. Consider our Sparta hotel's choice amenities and excellent rates as you start planning your trip today.
Carolyn's Cottage has a large collection of bird houses, Native American art, home and garden decor, and much more.
Governor Shadrach Bond State Memorial
Notably, this is the burial site of the first Governor of Illinois and of U.S. Senator Elias Kent Kane, Illinois' first Secretary of State.
Randolph County Museum & Archives
Built in 1864, the museum is a repository for French-Colonial-era records and special exhibits. Next door, the Randolph County Courthouse offers a panoramic view of the Mississippi River Valley from a 5th-floor, glassed-in observation deck, a mini-museum in the Jail lobby, and a flag display in the courtyard.
Waterstreet Bar & Grill
Waterstreet has a great menu full of delicious dishes.
In The Heat Of The Night - Misselhorn Art Gallery
A respected Philadelphia homicide detective is mistakenly accused of murder in a racist southern town, and is then hired to help the local sheriff with the investigation. The movie town's name was changed to Sparta so that signs in the Illinois community where the flick was filmed would not have to be changed. The railroad station used in the film is now the Misselhorn Art Gallery, which features a permanent exhibit dedicated to the movie.
Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site
(TEMPORARILY CLOSED beginning 10/08 except for special events.) This site preserves what is left of the old fort-one of the first built on the Mississipi River. A scenic overlook offers views of the Mississippi and Kaskaskia Rivers, and of Old Kaskaskia.
Red Bud Country Inn
12 room motel with country atmosphere.
Located within the Kaskaskia River State Fish & Wildlife Area, Baldwin Lake boasts excellent fishing and migratory bird watching for outdoor enthusiasts. A two-lane boat ramp, camping, and picnic facilities are nearby.
Chester Country Club
Golf the par 9 course at this country club.
Old GM&O Depot Roscoe Misselhorn Gallery
Two thousand original drawings, paintings, and woodcuts by Roscoe Misselhorn, the Norman Rockwell of the Midwest, are displayed in the depot. Much of the work is in black and white and depicts historic sites throughout the area.
Charter Oak "8-Sided" School
This building is a great study in physics as well as history. It was designed to withstand strong winds and capture light throughout the day.
Kaskaskia River Motel
They offer clean, comfortable accommodations at a reasonable rate whether you stay for a night or the entire week, they treat you like family.
St. Genevieve Modoc Ferry
Ride the ferry across the Mighty Mississippi the next time you visit historic St. Genevieve and Randolph County. The ferry travels between St. Genevieve, Missouri and Modoc Illinois, and holds approximately nine vehicles.
Sparta Country Club
This nine-hole golf course opened in 1910.
Pierre Menard Home
(TEMPORARILY CLOSED beginning 10/08 except for special events.) Pierre Menard, an important political figure in 1818, built this home. It is furnished with many of the Menard family's personal possessions and other period pieces. The surrounding grounds and outbuildings include an herb garden, smokehouse, springhouse, and adjoining kitchen.
Alfred Brown Museum
This museum has a large collection of post cards from the 1904 World's Fair, a drum from the civil war, Native American artifacts, old uniforms, and school artifacts.
Kaskaskia Bell Shrine and the Liberty Bell of the West
Known as the Liberty Bell of the West, the Kaskaskia Bell was rung as the island was captured from the British during the Revolutionary War.
Marissa Academy Museum & Coal Miners Monument
Memorabilia celebrating the city's growth from a coal-mining town to the present makes this a fascinating touchstone of local history.
World Shooting & Recreational Complex
The World Shooting & Recreational Complex was designed for shooters, built for recreation. The complex has 120 trap houses stretching 3.5 miles, 2 sporting clays courses, 24 combination trap/skeet fields, and cowboy action shooting. The complex has 7,000 square foot event center, conference rooms, restaurant, gift shop, 1,001 campsites, multiple fishing lakes, and much more!
North County Country Club
This nine-hole golf course opened in 1971.
White Oak Golf Course
This nine-hole golf course opened in 1954.
Marissa Academy Museum and Coal Miners Monument
Memorabilia celebrating the city's growth from a coal mining town to the present makes this an interesting stop.
The Bluffs Vineyard & Winery
Buttermilk Hill is home to this vineyard & winery, the location and view are quite unique and allow all who visit to truly feel like they are back to nature. The grounds are large enough to have a picnic or a private conversations over a glass of wine. And at the same time, the winery is accommodating to larger groups. The wine list has several whites and reds made with local grapes.
Krause Elk Farm
Tour this farm where the elk roam on 55 acres of the 600-acre spread.
Roscoe Misslehorn Art Gallery
This gallery features the works of renowned Southern Illinois sketch artist Roscoe Misslehorn, as well as exhibits by contemporary artists. The building is the GM&O railroad depot that was used as a location for the 1967 movie, In the Heat of the Night.
Chester Riverfront Mural
Painted in the 1930s on the upper interior wall of Chester's post office, this fascinating mural depicts pre-Civil War riverboat activity on the Mississippi River.
Sharon's Heart of Gold
Sharon's Heart of Gold has a large variety of craft booths.
Popeye Character Trail
Popeye stands tall in front of the new Welcome Center in the Elzie C. Segar Memorial Park. Find his friends on murals and statues around town, including Wimpy, Olive Oyl, Swee' Pea, Jeep, Bluto, Castor Oyl and Sea Hag.
Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site (Ellis Grove)
Open year round with 50 camp sites
Kaskaskia River State Fish and Widlife Area
One of the largest state-owned and managed sites in Illinois, located 35 miles southeast of St. Louis. The land and water area total more than 20,000 acres of river and bottomland. It contains 36 miles of river.
Turkey Bluffs State Fish and Wildlife Area
Hiking, picnicking, horseback riding and wildlife viewing. Hunting for upland game, fur-bearers and deer is encouraged on its 2,265 scenic acres that overlook the Mississippi River.
Marissa Recreation Area
Two lakes, a nine-hole golf course, a camping area, a cottage/residence area, as well as picnic shelters, are features of this great park.
Fults Hill Prairie State Nature Preserve
The preserve consists of nearly 1,000 acres of both upland prairie and lowland wetland marshes. A variety of plants and animals can be found in the preserve, some common, and some cannot be found anywhere else in the state.
CITY:Prairie du Rocher
Spinach Can Collectibles Museum
A museum inside the 1875 Opera House is full of Popeye merchandise and memorabilia.
Arts & More Gallery
Arts & More Gallery offers custom framing, in-home consultations, art classes, hundreds of mats and frames, and thousands of prints. Also, original art by local, national, and international artists.
This Lower Mississippi-style house was built in the early 1800s, and has been completely restored to reflect life during this period.
CITY:Prairie du Rocher
The Creole House
The house, built in 1800, is an example of French and American architecture.
CITY:Prairie du Rocher
Reids' Inn Best Western
46 rooms, non-smoking, handicapped accessable, credit cards accepted, cable television available, outdoor pool, a whirlpool and fitness room, pets accepted, lounge/bar on premises, and complimentary breakfast served
Schneidewind Barn Museum
Hundreds of interesting items amassed over a lifetime are housed in this unique gallery that was formally a working farm barn.