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ALTAMONT

Museums

Ben Winter Steam Engine Musuem
1815 East 900th Avenue
This site houses a significant collection of historic/cultural artifacts of the 19th century related to steam powered farm equipment and farming methods of the period, such as a steam engine from 1894 and a threshing machine from 1881. Some of the items in the collection are rare and all are in working condition.
618-483-6665


Performing Arts

Altamont Living Museum
102 S. Main
Now used as a theatre for live performances of music and drama or for exhibiting fine arts, this 1912 church gives you a taste of old-time religion with its luminous stained-glass windows, curved oak pews and great acoustics.
618-483-1111


Historic Sites

Dr. Charles M. Wright House
North Main & West Jackson St.
Constructed in 1889 by Dr. Wright, the 18-room Renaissance Revival home is an excellent example of Italianate architecture built and furnished in the Victorian period. Most of the furnishings from three generations of the Wright family are still featured. This home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
618-483-6397


Garden/Nature Areas

Alwerdt's Gardens
3238 E. 800th Ave.
Step into paradise along the six acres of garden paths decorated with more than 1000 varieties of flowers, unusual perennials, fragrant herbs, trees and shrubs.
618-483-5798

Ballard Nature Center
5253 E. US Highway 40
The Center consists of 210 acres including woodlands, restored prairie, shallow water wetlands, nature trails, nature center with many exhibits, butterfly and hummingbird gardens and agricultural land.
618-483-6856


Hotels/Motels

Altamont Motel
618-483-6143

Knight’s Inn
618-483-6101

Super 8 Motel
618-483-6300

 
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ARCOLA

Places of Interest

Rockome Gardens, LLC
125 North County Rd 425 East
Take a step back to a simpler time as you experience a large settlement that includes a historical shop, crafters, Amish Bakery, botanical gardens, trains, buggies and cowboy camp. Also enjoy camping, kayaking and fishing. A family adventure.
217-268-4106
www.rockome.com

Amish Country Tours
111 S. Locust
A step on guide will accompany your tour of Amish homes and farms. Also meals in Amish homes, afternoon frolic, Amish museum and 18 min. video, gift shop and book store, local attractions, hotel and motel reservations.
217-268-3599 or 888-45AMISH
www.amishcenter.com


Museums

Illinois Amish Interpretive Center
111 S. Locust
The first museum in Illinois dedicated to the Amish culture. Traces the history of the Amish religion and provides an extensive look into the lives of Illinois Amish. 18 minute video, meals, tours, gift shop, book store, and accommodations.
217-268-3599
800-45a-mish
www.amishcenter.com

The Johnny Gruelle Raggedy Ann and Andy Museum
110 Main St.
The only official licensed Raggedy Ann and Andy Museum in the world! Dedicated to preserving the life and times of Arcola born John Gruelle, who created the characters. Visit our gift shop filled with licensed products.
217-268-4908
www.raggedyann-museum.org


Historic Sites

The Arcola Historic Train Depot
135 N Oak
Built in 1885, one of the many displays is a Raggedy Ann collection, Rail Road memorabilia and the Louis Klein Brush Collection, the largest collection of antique brooms and brushes in the U.S. Brooms are also sold here.
217-268-4530 or 800-336-5456


Agricultural Attractions

Rockome Gardens
217-268-4106
www.rockome.com


Hotels/Motels

Arcola Inn
217-268-4971 or 888-729-9137

Budget Inn
217-268-3031

Comfort Inn
217-268-4000 or 800-228-5150


Bed & Breakfasts

The Flower Patch & Diamond House
Bed & Breakfast and Conference Center
217-268-4876
www.arcolaflowerpatch.com


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ARTHUR

Places of Interest

Amish Country Information Center
106 E. Progress
A visitor's center containing maps and information on the entire Amish area. 150 Amish craft shops on their farm sites dot the countryside, totally surrounding the village of Arthur.
800-722-6474
www.amishcountryillinois.com

Arthur Sale Barn
1204 N. Vine
Mingle with local Amish and English farmers at weekly or monthly sales when they come to buy or sell animals.
217-543-3255

Beachy's Bulk Foods (& Bakery)
259 N CR 200E
This large Amish-owned bakery and bulk grocery has been in business over 25 years. They buy in bulk and repackage to smaller containers, passing the savings on to their customers. Fresh baked pies on Friday and Saturday.
217-543-3447

Country Cheese & More
205 S. Vine Street
A window allows you to watch as cookies and other baked goodies are made. Groups are allowed to help with prior set up. A variety of foods is offered.
217-543-3544

Dicks Pharmacy
118 S. Vine St.
You can still order many of the soda fountain treats of yesteryear such as Green Rivers, floats, phosphates, malts, shakes, and ice cream. The marble-topped counter was moved here in the 1930s.
217-543-2913

Melrose Quilts & Sewforth
RR1 Box 133A
Seasonal retail store offers heirloom quilts & homespun accessories. Occasionally the Mennonite shop owner may be seen working on her quilts.
217-543-2844

Miller's Dry Goods
175E CR 50N
Amish-owned fabric store is like a general store without the food. They offer unique home items, home schooling materials, 10,000+ bolts of fabric, sewing and quilting materials, plus much more.
800-722-6474

Stitch & Sew Fabrics
220 S. Vine St.
One of the largest Mennonite-owned fabric stores in the area where they are always willing to show you how to make something special.
217-543-2287

Wilson's Kitchens & More
1700N CR 2300E
Largest Amish-owned furniture store in Illinois. View wood-working shop in operation. Scheduled tours of wood-working shop available.
217-543-2408


U-Picks/Orchards

Shady Crest Orchard
1/2 mile south of Arthur on E.L. Jurgens Pkwy
Strawberries, green beans, zucchini, cucumbers, melons, onions, peppers, tomatoes, sweet corn, blackberries, peaches, apples, fresh honey, and maple syrup.
217-543-3099


Pumpkin Patches

The Great Pumpkin Patch
2 mi. south and 1/2 mi. west of Arthur
Pumpkins, squash, gourds, mums, gift shop, corn maze, straw maze, displays, farm animals, Indian corn, pumpkin butter, honey, etc. Concessions. Historic one room schoolhouse. 217-543-2394
www.THE200ACRES.com



Hotels/Motels

Arthur’s Country Inn
217-543-3321


Bed & Breakfast

Heart & Home Bed & Breakfast
217-543-2910

Marsha’s Vineyard Bed & Breakfast
217/543-4001
www.bbonline.com/il/marshas


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ASHMORE

Resorts/Rentals/Cabins

Lincoln Springs Resort
217-345-3424 or 877-770-OABE
www.lincolnspringsresort.com


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ASSUMPTION

Historic Sites

Assumption Coal Mine Site
On the south edge of town
Visit this historical plaque that commemorates what was once the deepest coal mine in the country during its operation from 1890-1928.

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ATHENS

Museums

Abraham Lincoln Long Nine Museum
200 S. Main St.
Has electronic audio narrated dioramas that depict Abe the railsplitter, the self-taught scholar, the story teller, the lawyer and the politician.
217-636-8755

U-Picks/Orchards

Frank Farms Inc.
16717 Highway Route 29
Retail, u-pick, asparagus, sweet corn, and organic vegetables. Cut your own tree. Whole hog sausage.
217-636-8590

Terra dea Farms
16401 Hamilton
Upick asparagus. Naturally grown heirlooom
varieties of pre picked vegetables
217-636-7572


Abraham Lincoln Sites

Abe Lincoln Long Nine Museum
200 S. Main St.
This building was built in 1832 by Colonel Matthew Rogers, and Lincoln visited here on many occasions. The building houses audio narrated diorama about Lincoln’s connection to Athens.
217-636-8755
www.a-lincoln-long-nine.com


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ATLANTA

Places of Interest

Atlanta's Bunyon Giant
103 SW Arch St. (Old Rt. 66)
Originally located in front of Bunyon’s Restaurant on Rt. 66 in Cicero, Illinois, the Bunyon Giant now welcomes Rt. 66 travelers to Atlanta, Illinois.

Rt. 66 Advertising Sign
Arch St.
A 70-by-10 foot reproduction of the sign painted in 1898.

J.H. Hawes Elevator
2nd St. in Atlanta
Restored grain elevator listed on the National Historic Register. Free tours Sundays in June, July, & August.
217-648-2056

Museums

Atlanta Library & Museum
100 SE Race Street
The octagon shaped building is one of the few in Illinois. It features classic details of the 1840s with solid oak woodwork. A Seth Thomas clock tower is on the library lawn; it must be hand cranked every 8 days. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
217-648-2112

Golf Courses

North Greens Golf Course
901 1st St.
Green fees paid at course.

Agricultural Attractions

J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum
300 Vine
Restored 1904 grain elevator, on the National Register of Historic Places.
217-648-2056 or 217-648-5077
www.haweselevator.org

Remington Hybrid Seed Company
14554 E. 925 N. Rd.
See the production, bagging and warehouse facilities of a seed production company. 309-557-560.

Hotels/Motels

America’s Best Value Inn
217-648-2322


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ATWOOD

Places of Interest

Village Craftsmen
120 N Main St.
Watch the Amish create beautiful furniture!
217-578-3834

Atwood Visitor & Information Center
1121⁄2 S. Main
Early trains made an "at-the-woods" stop, and in 1873 the town of Atwood was formed. Main St. today features split-rail fences, benches, grassy areas and "the best of the country" crafts, collectibles, antiques and more.
217-578-2734

Museums

Harris Agricultural Museum
202 W. Locust Ave.
A new museum and some exhibits are still under construction. The museum houses the most authentic agricultural display including antique tractors (1922-1937), engines, a 1919 model T-Ford Grain/Dump truck, replicas of a 1920's farmstead kitchen and more.
217-578-2231
800-500-5438
www.harriscompanies.com

U-Picks/Orchards

Crist Orchards
Rt. 36
An orchard with strawberries, peaches, and other fresh in season fruits.
217-578-3196


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AUBURN

Golf Courses

Edgewood Golf Club
16497 Kennedy Rd.
18 holes, par 71, 6400 yards, water on 11 holes, many mature trees, several elevation changes.


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