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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.
Peabody River King State Fish Wildlife Area
Boat docks and fishing areas are easily accessed for all skill levels - even special docks for kids.
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.
Kaskaskia River Motel
7 rooms, Non-smoking rooms, credit cards accepted, and cable television available
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.
This monument honors Elzie Seager, Chester native and creator of beloved cartoon character Popeye the Sailor Man. The Popeye statue stands proudly next to the Chester Bridge.
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.
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.
Randolph County State Recreational Area
96 sites, electricity available, dump station.
Chester Country Club
Golf the par 9 course at this country club.
This beautifully restored home has cobalt blue windows. Tours by appointment and open for special events.
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.
Mary's River Covered Bridge
Mary's River Covered Bridge was built in 1854 as part of a planked toll road between Breman and Chester. Currently it is the only covered bridge in Southern Illinois, and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.
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.
Spinach Can Collectibles Museum
A museum inside the 1875 Opera House is full of Popeye merchandise and memorabilia.
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.
Tequilas Mexican Restaurant
Tequila Mexican Restaurant offers delicious Mexican food at a great price with fabulous, fast, and friendly service.
Big Vic's BBQ
Big Vic's offers delicious, smokey barbeque in a variety of meats, served with great sides.
Marcello's has a large selection of delicious pizzas made with only the freshest ingredients for a little taste of Italy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site (Ellis Grove)
Open year round with 50 camp sites
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.
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.
With an old-fashioned general store feel, Schenk's Market offers fresh meats, groceries and refreshments for weary travelers.
Ray's Shoe Store
Ray's Shoe Store has a wide variety of shoes for every occasion.
Krause Elk Farm
Tour this farm where the elk roam on 55 acres of the 600-acre spread.
Just Sue's has a wide variety of delicious dishes in a casual, comfortable atmosphere. Cash only.
Waterstreet Bar & Grill
Waterstreet has a great menu full of delicious dishes.
From the Farmer's Table straight to yours, fresh and delicous home-cooked meals for the whole family.
Dreamland Palace German Restaurant
Monroe County's only German restaurant and Bavarian wine garden.
Rooster Hill Farm
Rooster Hill Farm is a unique country destination in "The Heart of Southern Illinois" just south of Waterloo. Anchored with a renovated 120 year old Barn, the 25 acre grounds include a quaint restaurant with gourmet food & drink, and a specialty home decor gift shop. Please check our menu online for daily specials and special events. Reservations strongly recommended in summer and required for parties of ten or more.
Corner George Inn
The Corner George Inn is a landmark in the 150-year-old Maeystown German settlement, which is listed on the National Historic Register of Historic Places. Also visit the town's 1867 church, one-lane stone arched bridge, general store, sweet shoppe, museum and visitor's center.
Christmas Haus has wonderful gifts and items for every day of the week.
Maeystown General Store
Maeystown General Store is a piece of yesterday in beautiful Maeystown, Illinois.
The entire 150-year-old German settlement is on the National Historic Register. Restoration includes a church from 1867, a one-lane stone arched bridge, Corner George Inn, general store, sweet shops, museum, and a visitor's center.
Rock Mill and Museum
The entire village of Maeystown is on the historic register with much of the history preserved in the museum.
Corner George Inn Sweet Shoppe
Corner George Inn Sweet Shoppe has a large selection of tantalizing treats and sweets to enjoy. Part of the Corner George Inn, a B & B.
You are cordially invited to enjoy the quiet beauty and German flavor of Maeystown, a 19th century village nestled in the Mississippi bluffs. Come and shop antiques and garden items and enjoy delicious treats.
Corner George Inn Bed & Breakfast
The inn consists of five buildings: the original inn, the summer kitchen, a log cabin and two rock houses. There are a total of seven guestrooms each with a private bath.
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.
This turn-of-the-century Victorian house was ordered through the Sears Roebuck catalog and assembled for only several hundred dollars.
White Oak Golf Course
This nine-hole golf course opened in 1954.
Marissa Antique Station, Inc.
Marissa Antique Station, Inc. has over 100 dealers and offers almost everything and anything you could want.
Doza Creek Leather
Doza Creek has a wide variety of antiques and leather items.
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.
Schneidewind Barn Museum
Hundreds of interesting items amassed over a lifetime are housed in this unique gallery that was formally a working farm barn.
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.
The Diner has a large variety of classic dishes for the whole 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.
Nashville Roadside Chapel
One of the smallest country chapels in the world was built in Nashville in the late 1980s. Thousands of travelers from all over the globe have stopped to visit this miniature chapel.
Kaskaskia River Marina
The marina on the Kaskaskia River is the site of drag boat races in September. Next to the marina, enjoy batting cages, ball fields, and roller hockey in the park.
Kaskaskia River Marina Campground
100 sites, recreation building, cable TV, swimming, fishing, tent camping, handicap access.
Rieso Farm Museum & Antiques
There is a large collection of machinery and primitives dating back to the 1800s.
Open House Theater
Shows are performed at the Turkey Hill Grange, Progressive Grange, and The New Athens Senior Center.
Kaskaskia River Marina/Campground (New Athens)
100 sites available year round, recreation building, cable TV, swimming, fishing, tent camping, handicap access
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
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
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
Fort de Chartres State Historic Site
This former French military stronghold has been partially rebuilt and turned into a museum. Regular living history events shed light on colonial life in Illinois, and include 18th-century crafts, food, music, hundreds of historically dressed participants, flintlock rifle and musket contests, cannon and mortar competitions, traders and much more. There are also guided tours of the 1800 Creole House, which was designed in the French-American Transitional Architecture style.
CITY:Prairie du Rocher
This family-owned winery offers fruit wines and a shop selling homemade quilts, crafts and gifts.
North County Country Club
This nine-hole golf course opened in 1971.
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.
Krantz Floral & Gift Shoppe
Krantz has beautiful flowers and great gifts.
Wicks N Country
Wicks N Country offers candles, stationary, greeting cards, and gifts for every occasion.
Ratz Memorial Park and Lincoln Park
Located in Red Bud, these parks feature picnic shelters, and plenty of playground equipment. Both are great places to take the kids.
Sporto's Pub & Grill
Sporto's has delicious daily lunch specials, live music, karaoke, and much more. Friday fish specials and Saturday steak specials.
China King offers delicious Chinese food in a family friendly atmosphere with affordable prices and excellent service.
Dave & Joyce's Country Kitchen
At Dave & Joyce's enjoy delicious homestyle cuisine fresh from their kitchen.
Di Carlo's Pizza & Pasta
At Di Carlo's enjoy delicious Italian pizza and pasta in a warm, casual atmosphere.
Susie's has a full menu of delicious items. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Red Bud Country Inn
12 room motel with country atmosphere.
Robert Scott's Grill & Cafe
Enjoy delicious steak, chicken, great sides, and much more, in a casual atmosphere.
32 room hotel, credit cards accepted, outdoor pool.
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.
World Shooting & Recreational Complex
Largest shooting facility of its kind in the U.S. Find more than 100 trap fields on a 3-mile line parallel by 5,000 parking spaces. Over 20 fields for skeet also. 3-D archery range, rifle and pistol ranges, 1,000 campsites, events center building & more.
Sparta Country Club
This nine-hole golf course opened in 1910.
Gift Box Boutique
Extreme Events offers party supplies and rentals to make your next party a success.
Nice Twice Resale Shoppe
Nice Twice is a consignment and resale store with a large variety of great items.
Moody Pharmacy has great gifts for any occasion.
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.
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.
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.
Jan's Horseshoe Inn
Jan's Horseshoe Inn has delicious food with fast, friendly service.
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.
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.
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.
39 room hotel, handicap accessible, credit cards accepted, cable television, small meeting rooms, outdoor pool, restaurant within walking distance, complimentary breakfast.
28 room motel, credit cards accepted, cable television. restaurant witnin walking distance.