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PALESTINE

Places of Interest

Palestine's Unique Shops
Downtown
One-of-a-kind shops housed in turn-of-the-century buildings. Visitors will find diverse eateries, quaint antique and specialty shops, unique art galleries, floral, textile and gift boutiques. Palestine is also home to Mullens Dressing and Pioneer Wines.
618-586-2222

1950s ICRR Caboose
Main Street
Visit our restored caboose permanently parked on Main Street as a memorial to all railroaders and train lovers.
618-586-2222


Historic Sites

Palestine Commercial Historic District
The 31 buildings that make up this downtown district are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
618-586-2222

Fife Opera House
123 S. Main St.
Tours of the opera house, built in 1898, show scenery, stage backdrops, gas lights, etc, used during that era. The multi-purpose facility offers tours, rentals, exhibits, changing displays, souvenirs, history books and more.
618-586-9418
www.fifeoperahouse.org

"Oldest Town in Illinois"
Palestine holds the oldest continuous charter in Illinois. Home to a French trading post as early as 1680, Palestine is believed to be the State’s earliest white settlement.
618-586-2222


Wineries

Pioneer Winery
300 S. Main St.
618-586-2921
www.pioneer-winery.com


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PALMYRA

Golf Courses

Terry Park Golf Course
Golf Course Rd.
9 holes, par 35, 2227-2612 yards.


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PANA

Places of Interest

Lincoln Prairie Trail Bike Trail
Rt. 29 NE
Downstate's newest paved hike and bike trail follows the historic railbed 15 mi. across the prairie.
217-562-4240
www.panaillinois.com


Historic Sites

Rosamond Grove Cemetery
Just Outside Pana & Rosamond
A high mound overlooking the prairie. Home of the famous statue "Lincoln the Orator", by turn of the century artist, J. Mulligan. This site also features the Lincoln-commissioned cannon, "Mary Lincoln."
217-562-4240
www.panaillinois.com

Kitchell Park and Chautauqua Auditorium
S. Kitchell St.
40-acre park donated to the City of Pana by Civil War Captain Kitchell, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, famous round Chautauqua Auditorium, Schuyler Bridge, playground, picnic, swim, tennis, baseball, basketball.
217-562-3109
www.panaillinois.com

Coal Creek Village
Pana Tri-County Fairgrounds
Original log buildings form this educational village from early Illinois prairie years.
217-562-4240


Garden/Nature Areas

Anderson Prairie
9th & Chestnut Streets
A 25-acre wildlife park featuring remnants of the original tallgrass Illinois prairiie. Butterfly house under construction.
217-562-4240
www.panaillinois.com


Golf Courses

Oak Terrace Golf Course
100 Beyers Lake Rd.
Home of the "Shotmaker's Mile." Provides the golfer in you with a Championship 18 hole course, complete with a driving range, putting and chipping green, and a fully stocked pro shop.
www.oakterraceresort.com


Abraham Lincoln Sites

Rosamond Grove Cemetery
Outside of Rosamond, IL
A high mound overlooking the prairie and home of the famous statue, “Lincoln The Orator” by turn-of-the-century artist J. Mulligan, ad the Lincoln commissioned cannon, “Mary Lincoln.”
217-562-4240


Hotels/Motels

Lake Lawn Inn
217-562-2123


Resorts/Rentals/Cabins

The Inn at Oak Terrace Resort
217-539-4477 or 800-577-7598

Oak Terrace Lodge
618-277-1478


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PARIS

Places of Interest

Edgar County Genealogical Library
408 N. Main
Trace your Edgar County roots in this comprehensive, local resource. The library is a treasure trove of genealogical tools, manuscripts, books, filmed records, micro-fiche, and a wonderful computerized database on Edgar County families. Skilled volunteers will guide and assist you. Copies and printouts help you take it all home.
217-463-4209

Allis Chalmers Tractor Musuem
9688 N 220th St
Come visit Allis Chalmers collection of tractor models from 1914-1957 by appt or chance, private collection. Free
217-275-3428


Museums

Bicentennial Art Center
132 S. Central
Historic mansion turned into an art gallery with rotating displays, featuring noted Midwest artists, local shows and a permanent collection. Call for exhibition schedule. The works of Alice Baber are included in our permanent collection.
217-466-8130

Heartland Antique Auto Museum
State Rt. 1 North
Walk among early cars from the turn-of-the-century through the early 1950's. This museum is also the site of a restoration shop for classic V12 and V16 Cadillacs and Duesenbergs as well as custom built vintage Indy cars. Developing a military museum.
217-463-1834


Performing Arts

Paris Theatre
119 N. Central Ave.
Watch today's most popular films for just a few dollars in this favorite small-town duplex theatre.
217-465-4511


Historic Sites

North Arm
St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church 1350th Rd. and 1900th St.
Oldest continuously operating Catholic church in Springfield diocese. Founded 1817 by 17 families from Kentucky, journey blessed by Fr. Theodore Badin, first Catholic priest ordained in U.S. Current church built 1901, original altar from mid-1800s
217-466-3355

Grave Of Sarah Hanks Varnell
State Rt. 1
Abraham Lincoln's aunt was buried on Ogden County cemetary in 1876 after living a long life in Edgar County.
217-275-3413

Indian Treaty Site
2700th Rd. at 500th St.
A marker commemorates where two important trails intersected on the prairie - Detroit to St Louis and Peoria to Terre Haute. In 1765, the British and the Illinois Indians signed a peace treaty here.
217-465-4179

Edgar County Historical Society
414 N. Main
Compare pioneer and Victorian lifestyle when you visit the log cabin and brick Italianate home. An exhibition gallery and program space in an adjacent building features rotating exhibits of the society's collection.
217-463-5305

Vance Park
South Centeral St.
Opposite the art center and adjcent to City Hall. An extensively landscaped sunken garden featuring a serpentine brick wall from Thomas Jefferson's design at Charlottesville and lions' head fountain duplicating original park features in France.
217-465-7601

Mile Marker Historical Monument
State Rt. 1 North at 1625th St.
This stone identifies one of the last original road markers that dotted the first road from Vincennes to Chicago.

Edgar County Courthouse
115 W. Court St.
This elegant 1893 brick & stone building is on the National Register of Historic Places.
217-466-7433


Golf Courses

Sycamore Hills Golf Club
928 Clinton Rd.
18 holes, par 72, some water, elevation changes, mature greens.


Agricultural Attractions

Allis Chalmers Tractor Museum
9688 N 220th St.
Come visit Allis Chalmers collection of tractor models from 1914-1967. Private collection. Free by appointment.
217-275-3428


Farmers Markets

Main Street Paris Farmers’ Market
Southside of Square
Department of Human Services, Farmers’ Market Sr. Citizens Food Voc. Organic Foods Handmade - Homemade Items; Farm Raised Poultry and More.
217-463-2611


Pumpkin Patches

Pumpkin Works
21788 E Terre Haute Rd.
Hour long hayrides—day and night, and day time sugar creek adventure. Mazes, haunted dungeon, pumpkin sling shot, snacks and gifts, childrens activities. Pick Pumpkins, squash, gourds, and Indian corn.
217-275-3327
www.pumpkinworks.com


Abraham Lincoln Sites

Edgar County Historical Society Complex
408 N. Main
Compare pioneer and Victorian lifestyles when you visit the log cabin and brick Italianate home. An exhibition gallery and program space in an adjacent building features rotating exhibits of the society’s collection. View the desk and chair used by Abraham Lincoln when he visited Paris while traveling his court circuit. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome.
217-463-5305


Hotels/Motels

Pinnell Motor Inn
217-465-6441

Super 8 Motel
217-463-8888 or 800-800-8000


Bed & Breakfasts

The Madison Bed & Breakfast
217-465-5464

Wright’s Grandview Getaway
217-946-4203


Resorts/Rentals/Cabins

Old Brick Inn
217-269-2700

Wrights Grandview Getaway
217-946-4203


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PAXTON


Places of Interest

Ford County Historical Society
200 West State St.
Dedicated to the research, collection, preservation, and appreciation of the history of Ford County.
217-379-3496


Historic Sites

Illinois Central Railroad Historical Society Headquarters
250 N. Market St.
Depot, museum and library.
217-379-2261
www.icrrhistorical.org


Farmers Markets

Paxton Farmers’ Market
Market Street, Downtown Paxton
Seasonal produce from area and home made crafts, etc. Variety of seasonal vegetables, fruits, baked goods and other products.
217-379-3388
www.paxtonil.com


Hotels/Motels

Paxton Inn Motel
217-379-2316


Bed & Breakfasts

TimberCreek Bed and Breakfast
217-379-2589


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PETERSBURG

Places of Interest

The Farm
2148 Old Farm Avenue
20 theme gardens, rustic shop in the barn featuring herbal gifts and supplies, group tours, picnics and hayrides.
217-632-2888
www.visit-thefarm.com

Lincoln's New Salem Canoe Rental, Inc.
425 W. Douglas
Discover the natural settings of Lincoln’s New Salem, historic Petersburg, and surrounding Menard County by canoe or kayak! A leisurely paddle offers yoiu views soaring wildlife around every bend.
217-494-3957
www.newsalemcanoe.com


Museums

Menard County Historical Museum
125 S. 7th St.
Housed in an 1890 Victorian building, the Menard County Museum contains documents, records, clothing and artifacts relating to Menard County.
217-632-7363

Edgar Lee Masters Memorial Museum
Eighth & Jackson Streets
In memory of American poet, Edgar Lee Masters, author of, "The Spoon River Anthology". The memorabilia of his life and works are displayed in the house where he lived as a young boy.
217-632-7363


Performing Arts

The Theatre in the Park
Rt. 97
Located within Lincoln's New Salem State Historic site. New 500 seat outdoor theatre with auditorium-style seats.
217-632-4000
www.theatreinthepark.net

New Salem County Opry
Rt. 97 South
Known as a family country music show offering entertainment for the whole family. Featuring country music shows on Saturday nights at 8:00p.m.
217-632-2630
www.springfield-illinois.com/opry


Historic Sites

Historic Petersburg
Petersburg
Surveyed by Abraham Lincoln in 1836. The Petersburg Historic District, which encompasses well over half of Petersburg, is included in the national register of historic sites and has many outstanding examples of architecture styles.
217-632-7363

Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site
15588 History Lane
This reconstructed 1830's village is where Lincoln lived for 6 yrs. as a young adult. Here is where he studied law and began politics. All 23 buildings have been reconstructed to give visitors a clearer understanding of Pioneer life.
217-632-4000
www.lincolnsnewsalem.com

Oakland Cemetary
Oakland Avenue
The grave site of Ann Rutledge, Abraham Lincoln's first sweetheart. Her tombstone bears an inscription written by Edgar Lee Masters, who is burried nearby.
217-632-7363

Rosehill Cemetery
Contains the grave of mayor B.F. Stevenson, founder of the G.A.R.; Peter Lukins for whom Petersburg was named; and Dr. John Allen & Samuel Hill,both noted figures of New Salem history.


Golf Courses

Shambolee Golf Course
101 S. Shore Dr.
Beautiful exceptionally well maintained, 18-hole course, long front nine, mature trees, new short tricky back nine with water, bent grass, trees and greens, yardages : 748 blue tees/ 6,368 white tees/ 5,155 red, 9 hole play all day.


Agricultural Attractions

Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site
Rt. 97 15588 History Lane
This reconstructed 1830’s village is where Lincoln lived for 6 yrs. as a young adult. Here is where he studied law and began politics. All 23 buildings have been reconstructed to give visitors a clearer understanding of Pioneer life.
217-632-4000
www.lincolnsnewsalem.com

The Farm
21648 Old Farm Ave.
Twenty-three themed gardens, rustic shop in the barn featuring dried flowers, gifts and herbs, greenhouses, hayrides, garden tours, animals.
217-632-2888
www.visit-thefarm.com


U-Picks/Orchards

Whispering Hills Farm
15825 Whisper Lane
Upick strawberries, retail and wholesale strawberries, asparagus, pumpkins, assorted vegetables.
217-632-4180


Abraham Lincoln Sites

Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site
15588 History Lane
This reconstructed 1830s village is where Abraham Lincoln lived for six years as a young adult. All 23 buildings have been reconstructed to give visitors a clearer understanding of pioneer life.
217-632-4000

Oakland Cemetery
Oakland Ave.
The grave site of Ann Rutledge, Abraham Lincoln’s first sweetheart. Her tombstone bears an inscription written by Edgar Lee Masters, who is buried nearby.
217-632-7363


Hotels/Motels

The Inn
217-632-7787

RiverBank Lodge
217-632-0202


Bed & Breakfasts

Branson House Bed & Breakfast
217-632-2596
866-562-5095
www.bransonhousebnb.com

Maple Crest Bed & Breakfast
217-632-0128
800-653-8012
www.maplecrest.us

The Oaks Bed & Breakfast
217-632-5444
888-724-6257
www.theoaksbandb.com


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PLAINVIEW


State Parks

Beaver Dam State Park
14548 Beaver Dam Ln.
Camping, fishing, and restaurant. Named for beavers whose dam-building formed the lake more than a century ago, the state park is not home to the industrious rodents today.


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PONTIAC

Places of Interest

The Jones House
314 E. Madison St.
A gothic revival brick house built in 1858, it is the oldest brick home in pontiac.
815-842-3457

Old City Hall Shoppes
321 North Main St.
20 craft and antique shops under one roof in this historic, old city hall.
815-842-1343

Lincoln Statue
112 W. Madison St., Livingston County Courthouse South Lawn
Sculptor Rick Harney’s life size statue of Abraham Lincoln is a memorial to the numerous visits Lincoln made to Pontiac between 1840 and 1860.
815-844-5847
800-835-2055

City of Pontiac Tourism Bureau and Visitors Center
120 W. Howard St.
Visitor information center
815-844-5847
800-825-2055


Museums

Catherine V. Yost Museum
298 W. Water St.
The Yost house was built in 1898 by Z. F. Yost. The museum portrays the life of an upper middle class family during the late 1800's and early 1900's.
815-844-5847 or 800-835-2055

Route 66 Hall of Fame Museum
110 W. Howard St.
Located in the old City Firehouse. Step back in time and travel the Mother Road. Displays, memorabilia and much more.
815-844-IL66 or 800-835-2055 (Pontiac Tourism)


Historic Sites

Livingston County Courthouse
On the square
On the square in downtown Ponitac, the courthouse was built in 1875 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Abraham Lincoln tried some of his earlier cases here.
815-844-6174 or 800-835-2055

Three Swinging Bridges
Chautautauqua Park In Humiston Riverside Park
Pontiac is the only city in central Illinois with three swinging bridges. One built in the early 1900's
815-844-5847 or 800-835-2055

Dargon Park Sculptures
Madison & Fountain Streets
"Seasons of Life" rusty in appearance, standing 25-ft. tall, the three sculptures symbolize the human "changes" or "seasons" of growth during our lives. Barry Tinsley, sculptor and artist, completed the design, construction and erection of the figures.
815-844-5847 or 899-835-2955


Garden/Nature Areas

Humiston Woods Nature Preserve
Pontiac
400 acres, woods, hiking, pond, Vermilion River and 15 acres of restored prairie.
815-844-7350


Golf Courses

Pontiac Elks Country Club
Route 116 West
A championship 18 hole course with a couple of par 5's that are reachable and 2 par 3's with 200 yards or more. Driving range and practice green. Full service lounge and restaurant. Tee times required and taken daily. Indoor pool available.

Wolf Creek Golf Club
21062 N. 1850 East Rd.
This 18-hole championship course has a pro shop and is easily walkable, par 72, 5470-6900 yds.


Farmers Markets

Pontiac Farmers’ Market
South Side of Courthouse
Farm produce, organic & other: flowers, herbs, fine arts, crafters and homebaked goods. Fridays only during June and July on the North side of the square.
815-844-6692


Abraham Lincoln Sites

Lincoln Statue
112 W. Madison St., on the Livingston County Courthouse South Lawn
Sculptor Rick Harney’s life size statue of Abraham Lincoln is a memorial to the numerous visits Lincoln made to Pontiac between 1840 and 1860.
815-844-5847 or 800-835-2055


Hotels/Motels

Comfort Inn
815-842-2777 or 800-424-6423

Fiesta Motel
815-844-7103

Holiday Inn Express
815-844-4444 or 800-465-4329

Super 8 Motel
815-844-6888 or 800-800-8000


Bed & Breakfasts

Three Roses Bed & Breakfast
815-844-3404
www.threerosesbedandbreakfast.com


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