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Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site
Step back in time and explore historic New Salem just as Lincoln knew it. This meticulously reconstructed 1830s village is where Lincoln lived as a young adult, studied law and began politics. Everything from the people to the blacksmith’s workshop gives visitors a glimpse into what pioneer life was really like when young, burly Abe was throwing down his axe.
Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive
The Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive Associates invite you to come to Fulton County, Illinois and enjoy the natural wonders of the Spoon River Valley. Spoon River has carved a wide scenic valley through Fulton County as it flows from London Mills to the south and east where it joins the Illinois River near the southeastern corner of the county. The Spoon River became nationally known from the work of Edgar Lee Masters, author of the noted Spoon River Anthology. Come on out the first two full weekends in October. There are over one hundred miles of scenic routes on the Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive to be enjoyed on this driving tour with beautiful fall colors. There will be food, arts, crafts, entertainment and flea market. Visit 17 villages and historic sites!
Stier Trolley Express
Climb aboard the Trolley, sit back and relax as we bring the history of historic Petersburg Illinois and the surrounding area to you. We will take you past several points of interest along your journey back in history. Petersburg is rich in Victorian Homes, most of which were built in the 1860's and 1870's. During your journey into history, you will be entertained by points of interest along the way. We will stop for a short while in downtown Petersburg. At this time, you may choose to disembark and enjoy the downtown area on foot. There are a variety of shops and eateries to wander through. Don't worry, the trolley will return to pick you up. Your ticket includes a round trip back to Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site. The Trolley runs on an hourly schedule. Consult with your conductor as to the return pick up times as well as the time of the last trolley of the day. Charter Available.
Surveyed by Abraham Lincoln in 1836, the Petersburg Historic District is included on the National Register of Historic Places and has many outstanding examples of architectural styles.
The Farm includes 23 theme gardens, a rustic shop in the barn featuring herbal gifts and supplies, picnics, hayrides and a greenhouse.
The Branson House Bed & Breakfast
Enjoy your nights stay in a beautiful 1876 “Eastlake” Victorian Bed and Breakfast located in Historic Petersburg, Illinois near Lincoln's New Salem State Park. This large frame house stands at the top of what is known as "Brahm's Hill", and is located where once stood the home of Dr. and Mrs. John Allen, friends of Abraham Lincoln, who moved to Petersburg from New Salem. A two-storied square pillared porch extends to the roof line. Behind the imposing facade lie an equally imposing series of rooms. This house boasts seven marble fireplaces, four downstairs and three in upstairs bedrooms plus a magnificent wood sculptured fireplace in the main entry hallway. An elevator installed in the 1950’s allows for easy access to the second floor bedrooms. Central air and heating has also been installed throughout the house.
Be inspired by dramatic architectural details and our leather-packed northwoods lodge themed interior spaces. Located on the banks of the Sangamon River, we know you will remember this unique lodging experience!
The Nature Conservancy Emiquon Preserve
The Emiquon Preserve, also known as the “Jewel of the Illinois River,” is aptly named for its abundance of wetlands and wildlife. The sheer biological diversity made it the natural place for Native Americans to settle long ago. In recent years, the land has undergone a restoration returning its natural beauty for all to enjoy once again.
Hill Prairie Winery
Hill Prairie Winery is a great place to relax, enjoy some great wines and reunite with nature in the rolling vineyard. Bring your friends to take in live entertainment each weekend as we are open all year. We offer over 15 award winning wines (along with beer and soft drinks) by the glass or the bottle. Enjoy our rural environment with rolling hills, ponds, our 100 year old barn, windmill and acres of delicious grapes. We even offer tours of our wine making process. Our facilities are available for special occasions, weddings and corporate meetings.
Brown's Oakridge Zoo
Browns Oakridge Zoo is a family owned and operated zoo established in 1990. Beginning with a single pot bellied pig and a few whitetail deer, the number of species housed at the zoo has grown to include five Siberian tigers, several black bears, two lions, and many more exotic and domestic animals. Over the years we have taken in many abandoned animals. A total of 152 lion and tiger cubs, abandoned in captivity have been reared here. Most of our animals have been raised in the house, and have had a lot of human contact. You won’t just get to see the animals here, but you will be able to have hands on contact. Imagine being able to hold a lion, tiger, or bear cub. It brings out the kid in all of us.
Lincoln League Souvenir and Book Shop
Books and souvenirs.
Willett's Winery and Cellar
A family-owned and operated winery nestled in a small-town atmosphere. Experience European charm with a glass of wine in our Market Street Courtyard.
Sand Ridge State Forest
The largest of all the state forests in Illinois. Covers 7,100 acres of native oak-hickory forests and pine plantations. Supports diverse desert flora and fauna in its sandy landscape as well as also offering a variety of recreational facilities.
CITY: Forest City
The Rose Cottage
Country antiques, Yankee candles, crafts, garden accents, jewelry, TY, and Tolen garden flags.
Edgar Lee Masters Memorial Museum
This museum honors American poet Edgar Lee Masters, author of "The Spoon River Anthology." Memorabilia of his life and works are displayed in the house where he lived as a young boy.
Country Pickens II
Antiques, crafts, gifts and a bargain basement.
Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area
Approximately 5,000 acres are timber, while there are 46 miles of trails for activities including horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, and bicycling. Boating is permitted. Camping with electricity.
Estep & Associates Mercantile
Nestled in the historic Robins building, on the square in Petersburg Illinois, Estep & Associates have spent 20 years bringing the past to life. Filling the former dry-goods store is everything from "Antiques to Yuletide". Among the aisles of this quaint step back in time you'll find big items, small items, personal mementos and commercial oddities. With more than a dozen additional dealers showcased, Bill & Betty guarantee an encounter not to be missed as you stroll through rustic heirlooms, collectibles, antiquities, craft projects and unlimited possibilities for discovery. Overlooking the Menard county courthouse, there's a real sense of yesteryear awaiting your adventure. Come explore our treasures and enjoy the rich texture of the town Abraham Lincoln, while living in nearby New Salem, surveyed as a young man.
Sanganois Conservation Area
A 9.960-acre bottomland environment of sloughs and backwater lakes, Sanganois is managed primarily to provide a refuge for migratory waterfowl and a public duck hunting area.
Banner Marsh State Fish and Wildlife Area
Fishing, boating, picnicking in the out-of-doors.
Camping, fishing, picnicking, hiking.
An 1875 Italionate home - 7 rooms with private baths, 2 rooms are suites. The house sits on 5½ acres on a hilltop that overlooks Petersburg.
8th Judicial Circuit Marker
One of the last remaining markers erected in 1922 marks the 8th Judicial Circuit on which Abraham Lincoln practiced law.
CITY: San Jose
Fulton County Camping & Recreation Area
Enjoy camping, hiking, fishing and other outdoor recreational activities.
CITY: St. David
Stop by and pick your own sweet corn.
Annual Harvest Fest - Downtown Petersburg
Harvest Fest is a major fall festival in the heart of Petersburg, IL on the historic square and features a huge parade, street vendors, live music, a large antique car show, games, contests, children’s attractions, fresh food and BBQ and much more.
Menard County Historical Museum
Housed in an 1890 Victorian building, the Menard County Museum contains documents, records, clothing and artifacts related to Menard County.
Dickson Mounds Museum
The premier on-site archaeological museum, located 45 miles southwest of Peoria, interprets the 12,000 year history of American Indian cultures in Illinois through artifacts, interpretive exhibits, major multi-image productions, hands-on activities and a variety of public events in a rural setting.
Rice Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
Rice Lake is a waterfowler's dream. Its high quality habitat attracts thousands of migrating birds annually. In addition, areas are also available for fishing, boating, camping, and wildlife observation.
Fall Festival at New Salem
Typical autumn life on the 1830s Illinois prairie will be demonstrated. Costumed interpreters will demonstrate daily tasks such as candle dipping, butter churning, soap making, basket making, spinning wool, gardening, natural dyeing, and fishing with nets. Demonstrations of meat smoking will take place in one of the log village's period smokehouses, and wild game cooking will be demonstrated in the log homes. Visitors can step down into the cellar at the tavern to see how fruits and vegetables were preserved during the winter.
Havana Riverfront Campground
Twelve sites with electricity and water available year-'round for nightly, weekly, and monthly camping. Close to footbridge. Complimentary firewood. One shelter.
Spring Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
Contains a large bluff overlooking a long, narrow lake. Camping, picnicking, fishing, boating, hiking, and hunting opportunities provide a vast recreational experience. Concession and boat rentals are also available.
Old Jail and Old School House
See the local Historical Society's authentic preservation of an 1800s school and town jail. Tours by appointment.
Willett's Wine and Dine Experience
The Wine & Dine Experience is a 4-course gourmet meal prepared by Chef Kevin Roecker with each course being expertly paired with wine from Willett's Winery & Cellar. During the evening, you'll hear about each course selection from Chef Kevin and each wine selection from winemaker, Dan Willett. Jazz music will be provided by Joe Metzka throughout the evening.
Powerton Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
The lake was built on the floodplain of the Illinois River in 1971 by Commonwealth Edison Company as a cooling reservoir for the fossil-fuel power plant. Today, the completely diked, 1,426-acre lake is leased for visitor hunting and fishing.
Evening Star Camping Resort
Peaceful country setting on 35 acres with open grassy or wooded sites. Large open and enclosed pavilions available for parties and reunions.
The Carriage House
A beautifully decorated Victorian carriage house behind an old home in the river town of Havana. It is a wonderful opportunity to see how life used to be without giving up modern luxuries like cable TV.
The Ironstone Room
Willett's Winery & Cellar is thrilled to announce the opening of their restaurant, The Ironstone Room. Executive Chef Kevin Roecker is planning quite a culinary experience. Ironstone China is a type of stoneware introduced in England in the early 1800's by potters using the country's ironstone to develop a porcelain-like china that could be mass produced. Eventually, Ironstone China was exported primarily to the United States between about 1840 and 1890. Dan's mother, Elsie Willett, has been a collector of Ironstone China for many years. Her collection will be displayed in the Ironstone Room of Willett's Winery & Cellar. Our menu changes seasonally, and offers suggested wine pairings from our winery.
Herbst Landing and Lighthouse Lounge
Better dining. Families welcome, children's menu. Full bar for the grown-ups.
Small family-owned motel.
Sycamore Motor Lodge
2-story facility. Upper level is three efficiency units equipped with microwave, refrigerator, and stove. Monthly and nightly rates available.
Heritage Grand Inn
Very nice lobby with fireplace, coffee, juice, and continental breakfast, tearoom on premises.
River Park Bed & Breakfast
Home features an outside balcony overlooking the Illinois River.
Good American food featuring chicken, steaks, fish, burgers and cookie chops. Serving breakfast Monday through Saturday.
Supplies for scrapbooks and photo albums.
Red Lion Motor Lodge
Rooms equipped with queen sized beds, cable TV, and free local calls. Ground floor building.
Brushy Ridge Motosports
Brushy Ridge Motosports has over 20 miles of trails just for motorcycles and quads. Some hills at our site will test even the most skilled riders. We also have a nice riding area for novice and young riders. We offer riders two different tracks as well. Riders like our trails as we offer rock, sand and mud surfaces. Overnight camping is allowed. We ask that everyone sign in at the gate. Please see our website for fees.
Crane Creek Golf Course
This beautiful 18-hole course is situated on rolling elevations, with fast and true greens. Crane Creek also has a clubhouse, driving range, food service and a bar.
Shambolee Golf Course
This beautiful, well-maintained 18-hole course has a long front nine with mature trees, and a short tricky back nine with water, bent grass, trees and greens.
Unusual gifts, crafts, pond supplies, Christmas and other holidays. Large inventory.
Pharmacy with Old Fashioned Ice Cream Shop. Kick back at this pharmacy/soda fountain and enjoy Green Rivers and other treats. Fountain includes old fashioned counter, stools and small ice cream tables. Closed Sundays
The Theatre in the Park
Located within Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site, this 500-seat outdoor theater presents summer productions.
Gloria's Secret Cafe
Special luncheons. Home-baked desserts. Located inside Heritage Grand Inn Motel.
Amish-made furniture and accessories.
Country Hills Golf Course
18-Hole, 6414 yard, par 72 public golf course. Front nine opened July 4, 1993; Back nine added July 4, 2002. Bentgrass greens, bluegrass/rye mix fairways, tees, and rough. Banquet facility to accommodate up to 110 guests and clubhouse seating for up to 200. Full service pro shop fully stocked with golf clubs, balls, equipment, clothing, towels, hats, and shoes.bPractice facilities include drivingvrange with three target greens, chipping and putting green, practice bunker.
Picco's Steak House
Fine dining. Large selection.
Super 8 Motel - Canton
Super 8 chain.
Canton Harvester Inn
A new boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Canton. The hotel's unique choice of art is historic pictures of Canton. The decor is natural browns and greens with maple woods. With 35 rooms, each guest suite has two king size beds, a refrigerator, microwave, large screen television mounted to the wall, availability of pay-per-view movies, a desk with data ports, and all the modern amenities One of the two meeting rooms will be fully fitted with the latest in technology such as digital projectors, automatic screens which come down from the ceiling, lighting controls, phones, and a conference table and classroom setting with data hookups for 25 to 30 people. The other room is more of a multi-purpose room where food can be served. The exercise facility has weights, tread mill, stair stepper, and other pieces of fitness equipment.
Anderson Lake Conservation Area
State fish and wildlife area with Class C camping facilities.
Four Willows Golf Course
Four Willows features a nine-hole, par 35 course.
CITY: Mason City
A casual fine-dining restaurant in the historic Canton Hotel. Reservations recommended.
The Loft B&B
The Loft Bed & Breakfast is a unique and relaxing retreat featuring the finest amenities in a scenic private setting. Located on 63 rolling acres between the many attractions and tourist sites in Springfield and historic Petersburg, Illinois, You’ll see deer, turkey, fox and an occasional eagle from the windows or the deck. Or take a leisurely hike down to the river bluffs. You’ll be surrounded by amazing peace and quiet. Enjoy this brand new and spacious B&B, complete with a large living room with leather sofa, chairs and a cozy fireplace. The kitchenette and dining areas will lend the creature comforts of home with a continental breakfast that is ready when you are. There are two sleeping areas that will accommodate six people. The solid hardwood floors add warmth and the bathroom features a custom tiled walk-in shower with a bench for relaxing. Walk outside on your private deck and enjoy a glass of wine with a spectacular second-story view of the countryside.
The Inn at New Salem
Enjoy the environment of this local Inn. Conveniently located near New Salem State Historic Site. Just a short drive from Springfield, IL.
The Plaid Rooster
Nestled on the wooded banks of the Sangamon River at New Salem Historic Site and offering a unique casual dining experience with a variety of Italian and American entrees. Banquet and group sales menu available. Accommodations for up to 200. Really great.
The grave site of Ann Rutledge, Abraham Lincoln's first sweetheart, is located at Oakland Cemetery. Her tombstone bears an inscription written by poet Edgar Lee Masters, who is burried nearby.
A visit to The Farm means many things to many people. Some come to find unique, hand-made, one of a kind items in our Shop. Many enjoy the beautiful Gardens to see hard-to-find plants in a landscape situation or to relax under an arbor. It is a favorite spot for wedding photos, senior pictures and family events. The Greenhouse features a variety of plants that you won’t find at the big box stores. Couples and families can enjoy a relaxing weekend in The Loft B&B, with luxurious amenities, privacy and a great view of our 63 rolling acres. Groups book The Farm for hayrides, group tours, picnics and bonfires throughout the year.
Mason City Motel
Family owned facility all on one level with outside entrances. Weekly and monthly rates available.
CITY: Mason City
The Annual Rib Festival is a time to wrap up another great summer season and enjoy fresh grilled ribs, along with live entertainment. Add your favorite wines and drinks to the mix and you’ll have a great afternoon of fun in the sun at Hill Prairie Winery.
Sisson's Country Inn
Large bedrooms, most with private baths. 1st floor is wheelchair accessible. Meeting room with kitchen available. On-site catering for groups by reservation.
Annual Traditional Music Festival
Early 19th century music and dancing will occur throughout the pioneer village at New Salem State Historic Site in Petersburg. Impromptu demonstrations and performances of music and dancing are featured. The park sets up straw bales for jam sessions, and there is a great deal of bluegrass, old-time, and other music going on. Camping is available and there are evening concerts.
Historic Marbold Farmstead
The Historic Marbold Farmstead is a treasured jewel in Menard County, Illinois. This was the central hub of the Marbold family farmland holdings, which consisted of over 4,000 acres. It was virtually self-sufficient, with several barns, dairy, chicken house, smoke house, ice house, boiler house and pump house. The original house, called Elmwood, was build in 1850 by John Marbold, a German immigrant and prominent Greenview farmer and businessman. Restoration efforts are underway. Located at 21722 State Hwy. 29 near Greenview.
The Ironstone Room
The Ironstone Room is a quality restaurant located at Willett's Winery & Cellars. Featuring Executive Chef Kevin Roecker who provides quite a culinary experience.
Annual Chili Cookoff
The Annual Chili Cook-off is a popular fall event that features area chefs preparing their favorite chilies. The celebration gives patrons the chance to sample some great chilies and vote for their favorite, while enjoying live music and locally produced wines. Enjoy a hot bowl of chili on a colorful fall day at Hill Prairie Winery.
Fall Festival & Fish Fry at Hill Prairie Winery
The Fall Festival & Fish Fry is the perfect way to kick off fall in the beautiful rolling hills of Hill Prairie Winery. Enjoy the spectacular fall colors while enjoying fresh fried fish along with your favorite wines. Two great bands play each day. Check out their website for a full calendar of festivals and live music on Sundays at Hill Prairie Winery.
Abe’s Trail Trek
Come out for the 3rd year of what may be the toughest one day series of trail races in Illinois. While the 5k is runner, walker and new-to-trails friendly, the 10k and 15k will test the mettle of all but the most seasoned trail runner.
Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive
Fulton County offers unusual beauty of the colors throughout the Spoon River Valley, which inspired founders to hold the first Fall Festival and to organize the Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive. The first weekend of the Scenic Drive brought large crowds and a second consecutive weekend was held in October 1968. The Scenic Drive's Fall Festival has since been held each year during the first two full weekends of October. Fulton County's Spoon River Valley country offers much to the visitor during the Fall Festival and during other seasons of the year. While there are many attractions a visitor may find interesting, a few highlights may include the lone dam on the Spoon River at Bernadotte, a public boat dock at London Mills, the historical Ellisville Opera House, and the breathtaking scenery along the entire route of the Spoon River. Foods have become a tradition during the Fall Festival such as apple butter made before your eyes at London Mills, baked potatoes and hot cider at Farmington, chicken and noodles at Smithfield's Red Brick School, funnel cakes in Lewistown, baked goods in Duncan Mills and the famed ham in Ellisville. Visitors to the area are welcome to join us on the highways and byways of Fulton County which sport the colors of the four seasons and are open to visitors year around with routes running through London Mills, Farmington, Fairview, Ellisville, Smithfield, Cuba, Canton, Avon, Lewistown, Bernadotte, Duncan Mills, Waterford Township, Ipava and Astoria. These routes cover more than 100 miles in Fulton County.