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Communities & Attractions Amish Of Illinois ..........................8 Arcola ........................................19 Arthur ........................................25 Atwood.......................................42 Bement ......................................72 Bethany .....................................52 Bloomington ..............................69 Casey.........................................56 Champaign County ....................42 Charleston.................................43
Chesterville ...............................31 Clinton .......................................60 Crawford County .......................58 Decatur .....................................67 Effingham ..................................62 Galesburg ..................................61 Greenup.....................................50 Greenville ..................................54 Jacksonville...............................66 Lake Shelbyville/Shelbyville .....41
Lincoln/Logan County ...............65 Marshall ....................................53 Mattoon .....................................46 Monticello .................................70 Oakland .....................................47 Paris ..........................................52 Parke County, IN .......................79 Pittsfield....................................74 Pontiac ......................................64 Robinson ...................................58
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Amish Of Illinois...........................8 Arcola .......................................19 Arthur ........................................25 Atwood ......................................42 Bement ......................................72 Bethany .....................................52 Bloomington ..............................69 Casey ........................................56 Champaign County .....................42 Charleston .................................43 Chesterville ...............................31 Clinton.......................................60 Crawford County.........................58 Decatur......................................67 Effingham ..................................62
Galesburg ..................................61 Greenup.....................................50 Greenville ..................................54 Jacksonville...............................66 Lake Shelbyville/Shelbyville .......41 Lincoln/Logan County .................65 Marshall ....................................53 Mattoon .....................................46 Monticello .................................70 Oakland .....................................47 Paris .........................................52 Parke County, IN ........................79 Pittsfield....................................74 Pontiac......................................64 Robinson ...................................58
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Rockome Garden Foods ..............18 Rockome Gardens ......................16 Springfield.................................76 Sullivan .....................................38 Tuscola......................................34 Vandalia ....................................55 Wineries, Central Illinois............48
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AMISH OF ILLINOIS
Central Illinois Home To State’s Largest Amish Community
mish lifestyles are far different from the everyday lives most Americans know. The Amish live humbly and simply, dedicating their lives to religious ideals. Nearly 4,500 Amish people populate Moultrie, Douglas and Coles counties in such communities as Arcola, Arthur, Lovington, Sullivan, Tuscola, Cadwell, Chesterville, Atwood and Cooks Mills. The Amish faith is based on Menno Simon’s break from the Roman Catholic Church during the Anabaptist movement in Europe in the early 1500s. The Amish later split from this group, known as the Mennonites, due to their belief in shunning those who leave the church, es-
tablished by Jacob Ammann. After suffering persecution for generations, the Amish and Mennonites set sail for the United States in the late 1600s and early 1700s. In 1865, Central Illinois saw its first Amish settlers in the families of Daniel Yoder, Daniel Otto and Moses Yoder. Today, Amish communities spring up across the United States, with large populations in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Ohio. In all, Amish communities are found in 27 states. In following with traditional customs, Amish people do not use electricity or operate automobiles and modern farm machinery. Instead, they travel by horse-drawn buggy, use propane to fuel their light fixtures and heat their ovens, and farm using teams of horses. While most American homes are now filled with the noises of modern-day technological devices, Amish homes remain much quieter. Amish people do not own radios or televisions and only use telephones outside their homes for business and in cases of emergency. Amish children begin working on family businesses and farms at ages as young as 5 years, performing chores typical of children who live on a farm or who are raised in a family business. As children grow, their responsibilities increase. CLOTHING The Amish wear solid colored clothing that is hand-tailored by family members. Men wear long, denim pants to work with plain colored shirts and suspenders. They wear a black, handsewn suit, a white shirt and black shoes to church. Outside, men almost always wear a hat — straw in summer and black felt in winter. Women wear plain colored dresses without trim and are void of jewelry and cosmetics. Their dresses are fastened with straight pins and their heads are covered at all times with white head coverings made of Swiss organdy. These white coverings are even worn under their black bonnets. Additionally, their garments have no buckles or zippers. Older women wear dark colors, such as navy blue, green or burgundy, with blue and black saved for religious occasions such as weddings and funerals. In cold weather, they add black wool shawls to their wardrobes. Amish ladies cover their heads with
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More than 4,500 Amish citizens populate Moultrie, Douglas and Coles counties, Illinois. white prayer coverings while indoors and add a black bonnet on top of the covering when outdoors. When women are working in the garden, they wear handkerchiefs. Girls dress like their mothers, with a few exceptions. Girls do not wear straight pins until they are older,
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Amish buggies are gathered for a social event in the area. and they are allowed buttons on their dresses. Without modern conveniences, the Amish wash clothing with a wringer/washer and hang them to dry on a clothesline. A line draped with clothes drying in the sun after a fresh washing is a common sight in any Amish community. SCHOOL Amish children learn a dialect of the German language, called Pennsylvania Dutch, before studying English. When children in Amish fam-
ilies attend school, they learn to speak English. In addition, most Amish children, by age 12, are able to operate a horse and buggy for trips to school and elsewhere. Some Amish children attend public schools, but most study in Amish parochial schools. There are 17 Amish schools in Central Illinois. Typically, each school includes two teachers, who tend to be unmarried Amish women. One teaches students first through fourth grade, while the other teaches students fifth through eighth grade. Amish schools feature courses in subjects such as math, social studies, spelling, writing and health.
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An Amish home and garden on laundry day. Science is not taught, however, because the Amish do not believe it is a necessary course of study. Likewise, the Amish believe that any knowledge attained past the eighth grade is â€œworldlyâ€? knowledge and is not required for the simple Amish lifestyle; therefore, Amish school teachers are also only educated to the eighth grade. School normally ends with the arrival of May. This allows children more time to work on the family farm. The Amish hold a large picnic to celebrate the end of each school year. Amish children usually spend their evenings in the family home, where reading and board games occupy leisure time.
Examining facial hair works well when trying to determine the marital status of an Amish man. Married Amish men have beards. Unmarried Amish men are clean-shaven. Amish men are not allowed to don mustaches. As in most Amish customs, religion plays a large role in the lives of married couples. Prior to marrying, Amish men and women must join the Amish church. This process includes baptism. Amish weddings, which are usually day-long celebrations that draw 200 to 500 guests, begin with 2-hour religious services followed by a wedding ceremony. The bride often wears a royal blue dress and a white prayer cap. Wed-
WEDDINGS Many Amish people marry at the age of 19 or 20. In past years, Amish newlyweds made a living from parcels of land given to them as gifts by one of the fathers. Today, that is less common and young married couples often purchase land upon which to build.
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dings normally take place in the home of a relative of the bride. Following an Amish wedding, a large celebratory meal is served. The crowd eats in shifts. During the celebration, the wedding couple usually sits in a corner of a room. The crowd then spends the afternoon singing hymns to the newly married couple. Newlyweds assist the hosts with cleaning their homes and washing dishes after the ceremony has ended. Amish people do not wear wedding rings.
the center of the settlement. While a bishop, two ministers and a deacon represent each district, there is no central authority. Families take great care in preparing their homes for the lengthy church services. A very thorough cleaning of the home takes place prior to hosting. During each service, the congregation sits on backless benches. Boys sit with men, while girls sit with women.
CHURCH Each Sunday, Amish families gather for church services conducted in German in homes across the countryside. A week prior to each church service, a green (sometimes gray or white) church wagon takes items such as hymn books, benches, hat racks and dishes to the home where the church service will be held. The wagons are also used for both weddings and funerals. There are 27 Amish church districts in the Arcola/Arthur area. The districts cover approximately 72 square miles, with Arthur in
THE HOME A typical Amish house has no carpeting, and plain “tied back” curtains hang at the windows during the day. The houses are usually painted white. Often, hardwood floors, wood cabinets and cupboards, scatter rugs, and beautiful quilts add to the warmth and decor of the homes. Amish homes are often large with several rooms opening into one large room where they may hold church services. Homes are furnished simply, but comfortably.
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FARMS Although Amish farms vary in size, the norm is 80 to 100 acres. Each Amish farm family has approximately 12 Belgian horses, or working horses, which pull farm equipment in the fields. The families also own 2 to 3 horses which are used for pulling the buggies. Amish farmers often raise hogs, cattle, chickens, turkeys and goats. Typically, a farmer raises one kind of animal, while another farmer raises a different kind of farm animal. For example, one farmer may raise chickens, while another farmer may raise hogs, and so on. A common practice is to have a “butcher day,” during which several families will go together to purchase animals from a farmer — hogs for example. The families will then divide the meat among themselves. In addition, Amish women often plant large gardens, and many families pluck fresh fruit from orchards and gather berries from homegrown patches. The main crops planted by Amish families include wheat, oats, clover and corn. Until a few years ago, farming was a way of life for nearly all Amish families. In recent years, however, most Amish families have turned to woodworking, retail stores and other trades. In fact, several Amish people now travel to various manufacturing plants in the area to work. The largest meal of the day for an Amish farm family is usually lunch. A lighter supper is served. Soup is a popular supper meal. Family gardens supply much fresh produce for soups and other meals. BUSINESS Traditionally, Amish business assets were calculated by how much land a
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items, during spring, summer and fall months. Among the local businesses operated by the Amish are grocery stores, health food stores, shoe stores, woodworking shops, lawn furniture stores, an orchard, tool stores, a meat packing plant, feed mills and a lamp shop. • Furniture Shops and Custom Built Cabinets: Round oak tables, roll-top desks, cabinets, home entertainment centers and wooden accent pieces are only a few of the many handcrafted furniture items available at numerous shops. Along with furniture craftsmen, Amish cabinet-makers can provide some of the finest and most attractive custom-made kitchen and bathroom cabinets, and other furniture. • Country Stores: Small rural stores are stocked with everything from home-baked items to handmade quilts. • Buggy and Wagon Repair Shops: Building or repairing
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buggies and wagons is a necessary part of Amish life. A number of Amish craftsmen have opened shops to perform this service for the public. • Harness Shops: Years of working with leather, brass, copper and silver have helped aid the craft of Amish harness making. • Upholstering: Several shops specialize in high-quality upholstering for both furniture and vehicle seats. Visitors can bring their own fabric into the shops or choose from a selection of materials. • Blacksmiths and Horseshoeing: The friendly smithers perform their craft throughout the year. • Cloth and Fabrics: Amish women make clothes, beautiful quilts and craft items. These shops feature everything needed for sewing. • Fresh Foods: The Amish advocate foods direct from nature. Vitamins, nut meats, herbs, flours, dried fruit, juice and grains all can be purchased at local shops. Locally raised natural beef, pork, mutton and chicken are sold in state-inspected Amish shops. Fresh eggs, apple butter, honey, sorghum, apple cider and fruits and vegetables are sold during certain times of the year on several Amish farms in the area. Visitors can also satisfy their hunger with the homemade cin-
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Travel by horse and buggy is the norm in Amish Country. namon rolls, donuts, cakes, breads and candy sold at several private Amish farmsteads. Businesses are closed each Sunday and the Epiphany (old Christmas), and on Ascension Day, which is 40 days after Easter. The Amish celebrate religious holidays, Thanksgiving and the New Year. WAY OF LIFE The Amish have an active social life built around auctions, picnics, quilting bees, softball and visits with neighbors. While many Amish subscribe to local newspapers, the Amish also read their own national newspaper, The Budget. They also subscribe to many magazines, sometimes reflecting their trade or sometimes just for leisure.
Amana A common misconception that most likely occurs due to pronunciation involves mistaking the Amish for the Amana. The Amana Colonies were established in 1855 by German and Swiss craftsmen and scholars belonging to a religious sect called the Community of True Inspiration, now known as the Amana Church Society. The Amana church has never been associated with the Amish nor with the Mennonite sects. Mennonites Mennonites, while often mistaken for Amish, honor different customs. They drive automobiles and use other modern-day amenities, and some do not follow some of the other customs of the Amish. Early Mennonites came to America to seek religious freedom in 1632. They settled in Pennsylvania and were divided into two groups.
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ROCKOME GARDENS: AMISH COUNTRY
Rockome Gardens: ‘Down Home’ Family Park Experience
ocated on the Illinois prairie along the picturesque Kaskaskia River just 5 miles west of Interstate 57 at exit 203 (Illinois Route 133), Rockome Gardens offers a variety of family-oriented events and activities. Situated in the heart of Illinois Amish Country, the mission of Rockome Gardens is to preserve and display to visitors a simpler way of life. For more than 52 years, Rockome Gardens has been a jewel in Central Illinois. The park has offered generations of visitors a gentler and more peaceful family park experience, in contrast to many large amusement parks around the nation that feature a different kind of ambiance with high-tech midway rides, giant water slides and roller coasters, etc. At Rockome Gardens, visitors can go back in time and get a sense of how things used to be. In the “old town” section of the park, visitors can view demonstrations by a blacksmith, visit a gift shop and, tour an 1800s vintage school house and an Amish home. Other attractions include Elvan’s ice cream shop, an old-fashioned stable and buggy and train rides. One of the most enduring images of Rockome Gardens is its unique flower, shrub and rock displays. Visitors can take self-guided tours while walking through gardens with more than 36,000 flowers and plants, with an additional 19,800 annuals to be planted this year. For the children, there is a petting zoo with goats, rabbits, sheep and a donkey named “Festus.” Kids enjoy it when Festus brays loudly whenever he hears someone using the feed machine. Also planned are pony rides. Also located at Rockome Gardens is the Illinois Amish Museum dedicated to the Old Order Amish. The museum features exhibits on quilts, buggies, barns, homes and more. Visitors can enjoy an 18-minute video about the local Amish while sitting on Amish church benches. The museum also operates Amish Country Tours™, by reservation, inviting visitors to observe the lifestyles of Amish people in order to gain a better understanding of their unique lifestyle. Tours of an Amish home and an Amish dairy farm are available. Tours also include visits and demonstrations at an Amish woodworking shop and buggy shop. Other tours offered include a guided sightseeing tour of the Amish countryside, and a meal in an Amish home. For more information and reservations, visit www.amishcenter.com. Linked to one of the area’s most prominent native sons, Rockome Gardens’ Marcella’s Corner Gift Shop is the home of “official” licensed Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy items. The creator of Raggedy Ann and Andy, Johnny Gruelle, was born in nearby Arcola, IL. The gift shop offers Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, collector doll box sets, books and other items. All items are signed by Joni Gruelle Wannamaker, Gruelle’s granddaughter. Items may also be ordered online at www.marcellasraggedyann.com. Rockome Gardens’ Opening Day is Friday, May 4, weekends only, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Beginning Wednesday, June 6, the park will be open 4 days a week on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday through October 27, except for holidays and special weekends. As a large part of Rockome Gardens’ mission is to preserve and educate, on the Saturday following the opening of the park full time (May 5), plowing demonstrations with mules, Haflingers, ponies and draft horses will take center stage during the “Spring Horse Plowing at Rockome Gardens‚” event. Surrounded by some of the most prized farmland in the world, visitors will be able to go back in time and see for themselves how fields were plowed before tractors and other modern farm machinery were available. The fall plowing demonstration event, also featuring mules, Haflingers, ponies and draft horses, is scheduled for Saturday, September 15. On May 12, Rockome Gardens will host the 1st Annual Rockome Gardens Car Show. The event will feature food, clinics, exhibits and a “Show and Shine Car/Truck/Bike Show.” Also featured will be five car audio system contests. For more information, contact Brian Stice at email@example.com. Proceeds benefit the Old Hickory Railroad Children’s Exhibit and Children’s Petting Zoo. Music played an important role in the social fabric of life in simpler times. PAGE 16 | 2012 Discover Visitor & Vacation Guide To Central Illinois
To help preserve American musical traditions, Rockome hosts the “2nd Annual Spring Bluegrass Jamboree Music-Festival” on June 9. While 2012 is the second year for the Spring Bluegrass Jamboree, the “18th Annual Bluegrass-In-The-Gardens-Music-Festival” will return again for a two-day summertime run August 18 and 19. This musical hoedown in the heart of Illinois Amish country, typically features some of the most recognizable names in the bluegrass field. Another popular form of recreation among the farm folk on the prairie was, and still is, various kinds of “pulls,” involving horses and tractors. On July 21, Rockome Gardens will present the “5th Annual Rockome Gardens Invitational Farm Horse Pull.” The “bragging rights only” event will feature two-horse teams competing in multiple weight classes. Also this summer, at a date and time to be announced, the Arcola Jaycees, from nearby Arcola, will host the “Illinois State Kiddie Peddle Tractor Pull Competition” at Rockome Gardens. The competition will be open to all boys and girls, ages 4 to 12. Contestants must be residents of Illinois. Another new event this year will be a Civil War re-enactment scheduled for September 1-3. Visitors can observe camp life of Civil War soldiers. Battle re-enactments will take place on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 1 and 3 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Other events featured during the weekend include a ladies tea and fashion show on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and a dance at 7 p.m. On Sunday following church services at 9 a.m., a town ball game will be played at 10:30 a.m. Topping off the season on October 6-8, Columbus Day weekend, will be the “Rockome Gardens Harvest Festival - Music, Craft & Antique Show.” The festival will feature demonstrations of apple cider and apple butter making over an open fire, hatchet throwing and soap and candle making. Under new ownership, Rockome Gardens is committed to offering the best in family-oriented entertainment, while highlighting and preserving the slower pace of yesteryear. 2012 Rockome Gardens Calendar of Events Dates are subject to change. Please call ahead for specific information and additional activities at 217-268-4106, visit www.rockome.com, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ROCKOME GARDEN FOODS: AMISH COUNTRY
Rockome Garden Foods Features Cheese-making/Grist Mill And More
ocated at the entrance of Rockome Gardens, 5 miles west of Interstate 57 at exit 203 (Illinois Route 133), Rockome Garden Foods offers a wide variety of products, many of which are locally made and grown. Open year-round (there is no admission charge to enter the store) and situated in the heart of Illinois’ largest Amish community, many of the tasty treats available at Rockome Garden Foods are made and packaged by Amish hands. In keeping with Rockome Gardens’ theme of offering a family-oriented experience that is both educational and entertaining, Rockome Garden Foods offers visitors a window into how cheese and other products are made. The store, also known as the Cheese Factory, is the area’s only cheesemaking operation. On Tuesdays and Fridays, in a special viewing area, visitors can see cheese being made. While the full operation takes about six hours, guests can get a feel for how the cheese-making process works by watching for a few minutes, or as long as they like. The cheese is made from full-cream/grass-fed cow milk, fresh from a local dairy, often sought after by people who desire a healthy lifestyle. Cheeses offered include baby Swiss, bacon, brick, cheddar and colby. Also at Rockome Garden Foods, is a working grist mill that grinds corn into cornmeal. Visitors can also watch the process through a viewing window. Perhaps the most popular attraction at the store is a working beehive exhibit. Guests can also view Amish women making bakery
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and candy goods. Most of the candy the store offers is made locally, including fudge, turtles, caramels, buckeyes and divinity. Breads, cinnamon rolls, sweet breads, cookies and other locally made baked goods are available. Another popular item at the store is the nut butter grinder. Raw peanuts are loaded into a hopper at the top of the grinder. When the grinder is turned on, it grinds the nuts into butter. Rivaling the beehive display in popularity is Rockome Garden Foods’ fried cheese. The cheese is fried on a flat-top grill in butter until it is brown on both sides — a treat that customers love. Rockome Garden Foods’ friendly staff is always available to assist customers and to answer any questions about the many displays and activities at the store. Rockome Garden Foods also offers bulk foods, Amish jar goods, canned meats and several kinds of jellies and jams. Amish apple butters, including apple, black raspberry, peach butter, blueberry, strawberry and blackberry, are popular choices by customers. Other Amish jar goods include canned fruit, ciders, mustards/salsa, peanut butter, pie fillings, pure honey, relishes/pickles and sauces/syrups. Canned beans and ham, potato and vegetable soups are available, as are canned meats, including beef, chicken, turkey and pork. For more information, or to shop at Rockome Garden Foods’ online store, visit www.rockomefoods.com.
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ARCOLA: DOUGLAS/MOULTRIE COUNTIES
Arcola Offers Festivals, Dining, Shopping And Walldogs For 2012
warm welcome greets visitors to Arcola, located just off Interstate 57 at Exit 203. Situated in the heart of Illinois Amish Country, visitors enjoy Arcola and the surrounding Amish countryside. Arcola is also proud to be the birthplace of Johnny Gruelle, creator of the much loved symbols of Americana, Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy. Many people also travel to Arcola to shop for antiques, Amish-made furniture, to dine in the fine local restaurants, shop the unique and friendly stores, purchase beautifully crafted furniture, stock up on sausage and cheese, participate in the town’s fabulous festivals, and learn more area history. The community hosts several major celebrations that annually draw thousands of guests to the community. Arcola’s Festivals include: The Annual Raggedy Friendship Gathering Arcola honors its famous son Johnny Gruelle, and his beloved creations, Raggedy Ann and Andy, annually during the Raggedy Friends Gathering. This year’s event is scheduled for June 1 and 2. Raggedy enthusiasts and collectors from all over the U.S. and foreign countries gather for a weekend of Raggedy related events such as a dinner, silent auction, and social, as well as sales of Raggedy themed merchandise.
Contact Susie Patridge at 217-268-3848 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Arcola Welcomes The Walldogs: 4 Days, 75 Artists, 14 Murals Through the efforts of the Arcola Beautification Committee, and a variety of fund raising projects involving numerous community volunteers, the famous Walldogs mural painters are coming to Arcola in June, 2012. The Walldogs include a group of sign and mural artists from all over the globe. There is a long and rich history of painting wall advertisements. These mural painters were often referred to as Walldogs, and the group adopted the name. The Walldog murals of today are designed to enhance the sense of nostalgia and history of the towns lucky enough to attract the artistry of the Walldogs. Paintings on the exterior of local businesses will feature topics unique to the rich history of Arcola. The prestigious Walldogs select just one city in the Midwest to transform each year. The Walldog movement was started by Nancy Bennet in Iowa. She is coming to Arcola as project leader for one of the Arcola murals, a painting dedicated to Arcola’s historic Opera House and “Ozzie and Harriett” during the 1935 homecoming event. Another celebrity, Mike Meyer, is painting the Arcola football mural. His work can also be seen in the University of Illinois’ press room at Memorial Stadium and the Dick Butkus mural he created there. Other murals proposed for Arcola include: a mural dedicated to Arcolan Joe Ernst (WWll French Medal of Honor recipient) and Ella Fitzgerald;
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into masterpieces that will be enjoyed by all who live and visit Arcola. For more information visit: www.arcolawalldogsproject.com. Arcola’s Annual Broom Corn Festival The Broom Corn Festival is the oldest of Arcola’s annual events. In 2012, Arcola celebrates the town’s 42nd Annual Arcola Broom Corn Festival. The annual festival lasts three days, beginning Friday afternoon, September 7, with the National Broom Corn Sweeping contest, and continues through Sunday, September 9. (The Festival is always held the weekend following the Labor Day holiday.) The annual Broom Corn Festival is one of the most popular annual events in Illinois. It draws more than 60,000 visitors to the city with its legendary stage acts, craft vendors, food booths and a huge parade featuring the nationally-recognized Arcola Lawn Rangers, (chosen to be an entrant in President Obama’s inaugural Arcola’s festivals draw huge crowds each year. parade) and as many as 150 other entrants. Raggedy Ann and Andy; the City of New Orleans train; Clayton Moore For decades, Arcolans referred to the community as the "Broom Corn and the Lawn Rangers; Pfeiffer Seed Company; broom corn and Arcola’s Capital of the World." Indeed, it was. Arcola stood as one of the nation’s famous annual Broom Corn Festival; historic Route 45; the local Amish top producers of broom corn, a tall, unusual variety of sorghum that is culture; the Candy Kitchen; and the Hispanic migration to Arcola. used as a raw material in the manufacture of brooms. Arcola’s Walldog Meet is scheduled for June 20-24, 2012, in coopThe modern parade rekindles the spirit of the times of yesteryear, when eration with Arcola’s Pop The Top Festival and will feature numerous farmers hitched their horses to wagons loaded with the year’s harvest and family themed events throughout the 4 days including a banquet and headed toward town. Once in Arcola, they rolled down Main Street auction of Walldog art. To be a spectator at the creation of the murals is proudly displaying their haul while enroute to one of the many local to be a part of Arcola’s history. Watch as the walls of Arcola transform broom factories. While broom corn is no longer grown in the fertile farm-
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For additional information on the festival, contact the land that surrounds Arcola, factories that were born of Arcola Chamber of Commerce at 217-268-4530 or those earlier times remain much the heart of the visit www.arcolachamber.com. community, and the local economy. The Arcola Chamber of Commerce annually Johnny Gruelle: Creator Of sponsors the popular family festival, and the orRaggedy Ann And Andy ganization has built a storied tradition of sucHere’s a bit of a history lesson: Johnny Gruelle, cess in bringing to Arcola entertainers who a well-known artist and illustrator who created seem to explode onto the national music scene Raggedy Ann and Andy, was born in Arcola in either just before, or just after, taking the stage at 1880 to artistic parents R.B. and Alice Gruelle. the Broom Corn Festival. R.B. was one of the famous Hoosier Group of ImProbably the most famous of the Broom pressionist artists. From his youth, art was a major Corn Festival stage acts is Garth Brooks, influence in Johnny Gruelle’s life. who entertained thousands during one of While Johnny Gruelle is best known for his fathe free Broom Corn Festival concerts in mous creations, Raggedy Ann and Andy, he was 1991 and went on to an incredible music certainly an artist with a true talent for cartooning career that transformed country music. and magazine/newspaper illustration. He was emMore recently, Kenny Chesney performed ployed by publications including the Indianapolis at the festival, and the ranks of those who Star, The Cleveland Press and The New York Herhave taken the Broom Corn Festival stage ald. Probably his most famous comic strip was Mr. also include Brad Paisley, Tracy Lawrence, Twee Deedle. His cartoons, illustrations and illusChris Cagle and Buddy Jewell. trated stories also appeared in well known magaAlong with the featured performer, several zines of the time such as McCall’s, The Ladies other musical acts highlight the festival, includWorld and The Illustrated Sunday Magazine. ing those performing in the Broom Corn Festival beer tent, which attracts a huge evening crowd. Gruelle continued his growth as an artist and, The festival also features a long list of events after struggling through a tragic event that affected celebrating the community’s heritage. These his own life, created the famed Raggedy Ann as Raggedies are a familiar sight during include broom-making demonstrations, a the central character in a series of children’s books. the Raggedy Friendship Gathering in broom sweeping contest, children’s entertainHis daughter, Marcella, is credited with findment, carnival rides and craft booths that line Arcola, the birthplace of Johnny Gruelle, ing the very first Raggedy Ann, a long forgotten creator of Raggedy Ann. the streets along with delicious festival foods. faceless rag doll, in the family’s attic. She became
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one of Marcella’s favorite companions. The name Raggedy Ann may have come from a combination of two of James Whitcomb Riley’s (a friend) poems, “The Raggedy Man” and “Little Orphant Annie.” Marcella tragically died in childhood, and it is said to have been at this time that Johnny Gruelle began to write down the stories he had created for Marcella with the rag doll as its main character. He patented and trademarked Raggedy Ann in 1915. The first Raggedy Ann book was published in 1918 and was dedicated to “the millions of children who have loved a rag doll.” Gruelle published a total of 40 books for children. He included many of Marcella’s other dolls in the stories creating such characters as Brown Bear and Eddie Elephant. The story messages are happy, filled with a strong moral message and good deeds. Johnny Gruelle died in 1938. His son, Worth, and his brother, Justin, continued to publish Raggedy Ann stories. Today the Gruelle family remains strongly committed to the story themes and art created by Johnny. Johnny Gruelle’s granddaughter and her husband (Tom and Joni Gruelle Wannamaker) reside in Arcola where, for Tourists enjoy the vivid colors of Arcola’s magnificent fall foliage. over a decade, they owned and operated a museum dedicated to Johnny Gruelle. Joni, daughter of Worth and Susie Gruelle, is a tal- rope, and the Mennonites in the north of Europe. Anabaptists insisted on ented artist as well, and continues to work with publishers on new Raggedy baptizing believing adults rather than infants. Refusal to follow any government or to fight in armies led to persecution by Catholic and Protestant Ann and Andy merchandise. states. In 1693, the Amish separated from the Swiss Brethren, taking their name Arcola Area Amish Settlement Illinois’ largest Amish settlement is located just west of Arcola. The Illi- from Jacob Ammann, an early leader. The primary cause of the split with nois Amish are tied to their Reformation beginnings by their history, faith, the Swiss Brethren involved the Amish belief in shunning society members simple way of life and plain dress. The Amish grew out of the Reformation who broke the rules of the church. After the two split, Amish families began Anabaptist movement that began in Zurich, Switzerland in 1525. The moving to the United States in the early 1700s, and, today, there are no movement included the Swiss Brethren and the Hutterites in Southern Eu- Amish in Europe. After moving into small settlements, the Amish moved westward in the 1830s and reached Peoria, IL. That group later became Mennonite. The Old Order Amish who settled in the Arthur-Arcola area originated from Pennsylvania. Three Amish men from Pennsylvania came to Arcola by railroad in 1865 in search of land for a new settlement. They purchased land west of the Kaskaskia River in what was then known as the West Prairie area. The first three families to arrive were later joined by others. Today, the Amish com-
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munity consists of approximately 4,300 people and is divided into 25 church districts. Living without electricity and using horses for transportation and field work, the Amish families were, at first, engaged primarily in farming. In recent decades, as it became increasingly difficult to acquire farmland, Amish men began establishing thriving businesses. With woodworking businesses and establishments based on other such trades, many tourists now are drawn to the area to fulfill desires to buy beautifully crafted Amish furniture, handmade Amish quilts and other products produced by local Amish families.
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Other Special Events: For antique enthusiasts, The Arcola Center on Main Street will host an Antique Show March 2 and 3; another antique show will be held Nov. 910 at The Arcola Center. The annual community wide garage sale to be held August 3 and 4, 2012 is also a popular event. Visit ‘Amazing Arcola’ Anytime Visitors throughout the year will find much more in Arcola. The community offers a warm welcome to visitors as well as unique shopping in
charming stores, friendly service, and ample storefront parking. There is just too much to see in one day. Spend the night in Arcola at a motel or B&B including the Knight’s Inn or Arcola’s Comfort Inn. Some of the shops on Arcola’s Main Street sure to please even the most discerning shopper include Vyverberg’s, The Arcola Emporium, My Favorite Things, The Primitive Goose, and more. In addition, shoppers will find Amish-crafted furniture and cabinets in Yoder’s Homestead Shop. During the autumn, Arcola’s great old maple trees are magnificent with fall foliage. Visitors will want to take advantage of the many area bike trails.
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The Arcola community is preparing for the future by making upgrades to some of its most historic buildings. The Arcola Public Library, built a century ago with funds provided by Andrew Carnegie, has undergone a remarkable renovation and expansion project to provide a solid educational and research base for the community’s population. Arcola’s progressive and diverse school district has completed a major building expansion that has brought many academic advantages for Arcola’s students. An all-weather track for use by both high school and junior high track athletes is complete, and local financial contributions also provided Arcola High School’s baseball teams with a new field that features cement dugouts and lighting. Sarah Bush Lincoln’s new Arcola Health Care facility was recently completed as well as a new facility for one of the community’s banks. The Arcola location of The Okaw Farmer’s Cooperative has added to the town’s southwest cityscape with a huge new grain bin. Total capacity at the facility now totals 2,914,000 bushels of grain, reflecting the vital role agriculture plays in the area. Douglas County (the flattest county in Illinois) is well known for its rich soil. The Broom Tent is a favorite stop for attendees of the Broom Corn Festival. A major housing addition which features condo living as well as single family dwelling at its best, is walks, festively decorated storefronts and windows, and small town Amerlocated on the southeast side of the town. Construction has begun just east ica hospitality often including caroling by local church choirs. The holiday of Arcola on a 68 room Best Western scheduled for opening in late summer season kicks off when store owners host their annual Open Houses, this year from November 2-11, featuring holiday treats, extended hours and of 2012. The hotel is being built and operated by Hotel Development Inc. on behalf of a local ownership group (Arcola Hotel Meeting, Inc.) Plans for special merchandise. The month of December is a busy one throughout the community as the hotel include an indoor pool and a 3,000 sq. ft. conference center. Visitors are also invited to enjoy Arcola’s beautifully maintained parks, local churches host such events as “A Night In Old Bethlehem.” Visitors can experience the old streets of Bethlehem complete with markets and as well as the Arcola Rotary Club Centennial Park and Gazebo. Altogether, stores including a live nativity and activities for all, a House Walk complete Arcola is a great place to visit and an even better place to live. For more information on Arcola, contact the Arcola Chamber of Comwith a visit to The Candy Cane Cafe, special music with an Annual Christmerce at (800) 336-5456 or visit www.arcolachamber.com. mas Cantata, school concerts, a live nativity and much more. Santa comes to town with great fanfare and treats for all. For more information, contact the Arcola Chamber of Commerce. A Special Community Arcola’s Main Street business district also features well-maintained, recently renovated historic buildings, including the Otto Building on Main Street. Recently, owner of the building and local businessman, Wilmer Otto, received national attention. He headed a group that arranged to have an authentic Mesker Bros. Iron Works storefront (located in the neighboring town of Stewardson) restored and moved to Arcola to replace the facade of the landmark Arcola building. The Mesker storefront in Stewardson had graced the quickly deteriorating former Opera Hall there. The Otto Building’s original Mesker storefront was destroyed by fire in 1950. A special community ceremony dedicated the restoration project made possible through the collaboration of the two towns. There are also several other historic Mesker storefronts in Arcola. Local restaurants feature mouth-watering specialties. You won’t want to miss dining at Arcola’s Dutch Kitchen, The Hen House, and Las Casuelas. On the northwest edge of the business district is the recently restored historic Arcola Depot, which once served as a welcoming center for train travelers, and today is a welcoming center for all visitors. The Depot houses the offices of the Arcola Chamber of Commerce and a museum of Arcola history as well as an information center featuring literature on local attractions. The friendly and knowledgeable staff at the Arcola Depot is available to assist visitors and answer questions. In addition, the countryside just west of Amazing Arcola serves as home to the state’s largest Old Order Amish settlement. The rural area is lined with Amish businesses, homes, and schools. Drivers share the roads with horse-drawn buggies and bicycles. PAGE 24 | 2012 Discover Visitor & Vacation Guide To Central Illinois
2012 Arcola Calendar of Events Dates of events are subject to change. Please call ahead for specific information, and additional activities.
March 2, 3: Antique Show, Arcola Center. March 16: Arcola Chamber Annual Ball (800 336 5456). March 16: Arcola Fire Department Annual Hog Roast. March 31: 24th Miss Arcola Pageant. April: Date TBA, Jaycees Annual Easter Egg Hunt. May 1: May Day Celebration, The Flower Patch. May 4: Rockome Gardens Opening Day. Weekends Only-10 a.m.- 5 p.m. June 1, 2: Raggedy Friendship Gathering. Raggedy enthusiasts & collectors gather. Susie Patridge: firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-268-3848. June 6-October 27: Rockome Gardens Open 4 days a week, Wed-Sat. except holidays and special weekends. June 20-24: “Pop the Top Festival” and fireworks, Arcola welcomes the Walldogs. Visit www.walldogsproject.com. August 3, 4: Citywide Garage Sales. September 7-9: 42nd Annual Arcola Broom Corn Festival. Arcola Chamber Of Commerce. 217-268-4530 or visit www.arcolachamber.com. October Date TBA, Lion’s Club Annual Chili Supper. November 2-11: Downtown Holiday Open Houses. Local businesses welcome shoppers, (Arcola Chamber Of Commerce). November 9, 10: Antique Show, Arcola Center. November Date TBA: Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Dinner, Arcola JCs. December Dates TBA: Santa Claus Comes To Town; Christmas House Walk and Candy Cane Cafe; Methodist Church Live Nativity, Caroling, Christmas Cantata. • Rockome Gardens, rural Arcola, offers a wide range of activities throughout the season. See pages 16-18 for events and dates.
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ARTHUR: DOUGLAS/MOULTRIE COUNTIES
Amish Culture, Unique Shopping Abound In ‘Friendly’ Arthur And Surrounding Countryside
hroughout the village of Arthur and its surrounding area, visitors will find a friendly, slowpaced atmosphere that lends itself to the town’s adopted motto, “You’re Only A Stranger Once.” With a population of only 2,300, Arthur possesses many distinctive qualities. Located less than 10 miles west of Interstate 57, Arthur provides a wonderful centerpiece for those looking for unique shopping or the enriching cultural experiences offered in the surrounding countryside. This includes the fourth-largest settlement of the Old Order Amish in the United States, and the largest such settlement in Illinois. The Illinois Amish community has been central to life around Arthur for more than a century. The Amish, who dress conservatively, travel in black buggies and work the soil the old-fashioned way by horse-drawn implement, own many farms and businesses around the Arthur area. Visitors travel from across the globe to experience the Amish lifestyle and enjoy the charm of Arthur’s many locally owned shops and cottage industries.
While the Amish community enjoys its privacy, all are invited to enjoy a whole separate world of commerce that springs to life early each morning. Many Amish families own specialty shops creating handmade quilts, crafts and rugs, baked goods, handmade solid wood furniture, lawn furniture and outdoor buildings, milling shops, pallet shops, buggy shops, canvas shops, butcher and poultry processing shops, food and spices in bulk and health food stores. Some of these shops are wholesale only, while many are open to the public. The Amish have large gardens and will share their bounty at roadside stands or through local auctions. Some have made a business with orchards, greenhouses and truck farms. They raise all kinds of farm animals and sell them at weekly auctions at the local sale barn. Visitors also come to Arthur to partake of delicious Amish foods, such as cinnamon rolls, breads and other delicious baked goods available at local bakeries and at the many benefit sales and auctions that fill the Arthur calendar. For a
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truly cultural experience, visitors can schedule a traditional Amish meal on an Amish farm through ACM Tours or Amish Adventures Tour Services, both located in downtown Arthur. Amish cottage businesses are usually open Monday through Saturday throughout the year. Some open as early as 8 a.m. and close as late as 6 p.m. Those traveling to the area might want to seek information before making a trip to learn about certain holidays during which Amish workers close their shops to spend time with friends and family (visit IllinoisAmishCountry.com for more information.) Visitors to the Arthur area should take special precautions while traveling the area’s roadways. Buggies travel at about 10 miles per hour and generally follow buggy paths along the edges of the main highways to en-
sure safety. Slow down and be careful when passing one on a rural roadway. The Amish settlers of Central Illinois, as one might guess, are genuinely friendly people. Visitors are encouraged to wave and greet them as they would when greeting old friends. Since Amish customs prohibit the use of camera equipment, Amish community members prefer they not be photographed or video recorded. Photographing Amish farms, animals and buggies, however, is generally allowed with a few exceptions. Arthur History
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Once drained, however, the ground proved to be ideal for farming, with the flat, fertile fields of black soil representing some of the top land in the country. In the early 1870s, a switch-track was needed for the new railroad crossing the swampy land between Paris and Decatur. It was decided that it would be placed near today’s Vine Street, Arthur’s main street, and now the town’s primary commercial thoroughfare. The street separates the town into two counties, Douglas County to the east and Moultrie County to the west. With the combination of fertile farmland and the new railroad switchtrack, a small settlement soon blossomed. The owner of the railroad, Robert G. Hervey, named the new settlement Glascow. A short time later, fire destroyed the new village. When business owners rebuilt, their new shops were placed at right angles to the railroad straddling the two counties on either side of Vine Street. Then, in 1873, when the village fathers petitioned to incorporate the community, it was discovered that another Illinois community used the name Glascow. After hearing the news, Mr. Hervey changed the name to Arthur to honor his favorite brother. Events Visitors to Arthur and the surrounding area will notice many acres of flat, fertile farmland. Douglas County is the flattest county in Illinois. While it lacks undulating hills, however, it certainly doesn’t lack beauty. Broad vistas, sometimes stunning sunsets and the tree-lined banks of the nearby Kaskaskia River provide a wonderful backdrop to a land where beautiful horses graze in pastures. Arthur hosts many major events each year, beginning with Antique shows in March, Saturday Markets in April and the Annual Amish Country Quilt Show and Auction in April, as well. The days and weeks that follow are filled with events such as the Arthur Independence Day
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Celebration, held the Saturday prior to the 4th of July. This gigantic fireworks display features a parade, entertainment, an air show with World War II aircraft, helicopter rides and skydivers, and a huge 16-inch firework shell amid the evening fireworks display. Other Arthur events include The June Strawberry Jam; the Freedom Celebration and the Moultrie-Douglas County Fair in July and the Mennonite Relief Sale in August. September brings the annual Amish Country Cheese Festival (held on
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Saturday, Sunday and Monday on Labor Day weekend); The Great Pumpkin Patch; an annual bicycle ride that attracts more than 700 riders who love the flat, quiet roads and the Amish meals served to them; and several special horse sales. Then in October, don’t forget the annual CIBR-BBQ Cook-off (Central Illinois Braggin’ Rights), which is designated as an Illinois State Championship and KCBS sanctioned event. Visitors and townspeople alike are lured to come to Arthur’s downtown just by the aroma of the BBQ cookers as it permeates the air. Listening to bluegrass music at the Chet Kingery Memorial Blue Grass Jam is also part of the Saturday attraction. The festival season winds down with another huge Antique & Primitive weekend and a lighted holiday parade during the Christmas Kick-off Weekend in November. Monthly Events: Recurring monthly events include 1st Saturday MoDo Market in Jurgens Park behind the Arthur High School on the south edge of Arthur. Antique, craft, and flea vendors fill more than 100 spaces for this six-month market, held on the first Saturday of April, May, June, August, September and October (none in July). Also, 3rd Saturday Craft and Flea Market in downtown Arthur are conducted the third Saturday of each month indoors and outdoors, depending on weather. More than 20 antique, craft and flea vendors are included. Shopping
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While Amish handiwork is prevalent throughout the shops that dot the countryside near Arthur, many special items can also be found for sale in Arthur’s downtown. Shop for Amish crafted furniture at The Wood Loft or the Calico Workshop or quality antiques at Yoder’s Lamps and Antiques. Quilters treasure Stitch ’N’ Sew or The Villa, Dick’s Pharmacy features an old-fashioned soda fountain that still offers Green Rivers and an antique bottle collection or visit the Gospel Book & Music Store, which is also a genuine Martin guitar dealer. Unique gifts are available in shops such as The Pewter Spoon, the Arthur Flower Shop or Miller’s Variety Store. And last, but certainly not least, Delbert’s Clothing in downtown Arthur offers a huge selection of men’s wear of the finest quality. Visitors who wish to stay overnight are greeted with warm welcomes at Arthur’s Country Inn on East Route 133, or stay in a charming B & B such as Marsha’s Vineyard. Visitors may also rent a furnished house in Chesterville for their stay at the Lil’ Cottage.
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Arthur itself offers many interesting eating options. Yoderâ€™s Kitchen is Arthurâ€™s largest restaurant with banquet facilities. For those in need of â€œrejuvenation,â€? just down the road is RoseLenâ€™s Coffees & Delights. Try out Paulyâ€™s BBQ for some of central Illinoisâ€™ finest slow cooking. For lunch downtown you will find a â€œfarmerâ€™s cafeâ€? at the R&I Restaurant, a bar and grill at The Berg, and made fresh daily soup and sub sandwiches at Country Cheese & More. Call the Arthur Welcome Center at 217-543-2242 or visit www.IllinoisAmishCountry.com or www.ArthurFestivals.com for additional area information and a complete schedule of events. 2012 Arthur Calendar of Events Dates of events are subject to change. Please call ahead for specific information & additional activities.
April 7: Easter Egg Hunt. Arthur Womanâ€™s Club. April 7: Bi-Annual Fish Fry. Otto Center. April 7: County Line Standard-Bred Horse Sale. Arthur Sale Barn. April 8: Community Sunrise Service. April 13, 14: Central IL Woodworking Tool & Supply Expo. Otto Center. April 14: Breakfast for Baby Fold, 7-10 a.m. Arthur Methodist Church. April 20: Benefit Auction for the Moultrie Co. Beacon. Otto Center. April 21: Downtown 3rd Saturday Market. April 23-28: Quilt Walk. Downtown Arthur. Maps at Welcome Center. April 25-28: 23rd Annual Arthur Quilt Show & Auction. Otto Center. April 28: Kelly Miller Circus. Arthur High School. May 5: Indoor Community Garage Sale. Moultrie-Douglas Fairgrounds. May 5: Arthur Produce Spring Tree & Landscaping Auction. May 12: East Central IL Standard-Bred & Pony Sale. Arthur Sale Barn. May 19: 2012 Miss Arthur Pageant. May 18: Shrinerâ€™s Auction. Otto Center.
Arthurâ€™s Cheese Festival is held every Labor Day weekend. May 19: Downtown 3rd Saturday Market. June 1: 2nd Strawberry Jam. Downtown Arthur. June 2: Strawberry Social. Otto Center. June 2: Homestead Bakery Open House at The Great Pumpkin Patch 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 2: The Great Gourd Gathering at The Great pumpkin Patch - 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 2: Strawberry Porkchop Supper. Arthur Methodist Church, 5-7 p.m. June 2: Cushman Scooters Daze. June 8, 9: All-Around Town Garage Sales.
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Arthur’s Visitor Center June 11, 12: 11th Annual Heart of America Pony Sale. Tri-County Auction Facility. June 16: Downtown 3rd Saturday Market. June 16: 3rd Annual Amish Country Tractor Cruise. 40-mile cruise featuring pre-1980 tractors. June 22: “Movies Under the Stars”/Free Outdoor Family Movie. Vine Street Christian Church. June 30: Arthur Freedom Celebration Parade. June 30: Arthur Freedom Celebration. Arthur Rotary Club July TBA: Central IL Machinery Sale. Tri-County Auction Facility. July 6, 7: East Central Illinois Shop Hop. July 9-14: 82nd Annual Moultrie-Douglas County Fair. July 21: Downtown 3rd Saturday Market. July 27: Free Outdoor Family Movie. Vine Street Christian Church. August 17: Free Outdoor Family Movie. Vine Street Christian Church. August 18: Downtown 3rd Saturday Market.
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August 24, 25: Arthur Mennonite Relief Sale. Otto Center. September 1: East Central IL Standard-Bred Auction. Arthur Sale Barn. September 1: 32nd Annual Men’s Slow-Pitch Softball Tournament. September 1: Ham & Beans Dinner. Arthur United Methodist Church. September 1: Ice Cream Social. Vine Street Christian Church. September 1-3: 40th Annual Arthur Amish Country Cheese Festival. September 3: Rat Race 5K/10K Run, 1-Mile Fun Run, 5K Recreational Walk & Kids Cheese Chasers Race. Arthur Woman’s Club. September 14, 15: Fall All Around Town Garage Sales. September 14, 15: Arthur Homecoming Weekend. September 15-October 31: The Great Pumpkin Patch Open. September 15: Downtown 3rd Saturday Market. September 15: Annual Bob Galloway Memorial Amish Bike Tour. September 21: Free Outdoor Family Movie. Vine St. Christian Church. September 28: Toy Auction & Farm Memorabilia. Tri-Co. Auction Facility. September 29: Consignment Sale. Tri-Co. Consignment Facility. October 12, 13: CIBR-BBQ KCBS, Thrill of the Grill Competition. October 15-31: The Great Pumpkin Patch open daily. October 19, 20: 19th Annual Haiti Auction. Otto Center. October 20: Downtown 3rd Saturday Market. October 22-31: Lighted Pumpkin House Display. October 26, 27: Woodwrights Guild Fall Open House. October 27: Halloween Festival. Arthur H. S. Arthur Woman’s Club. November 3: Bi-Annual Fish Fry. Otto Center. November 3: Plow Day at Floyd Miller Farm. 465 N. CR 475E, Arcola. November 9, 10: “Spirit of the Holidays” Bazaar. Arthur United Methodist Church. November 9, 10: Homesteaders on the Prairie Antique Show. MoultrieDouglas Fairgrounds. November 10: Spirit of the Seasons/Gathering on the Prairie Antique Show/Sale. Otto Center. November 17: Amish Country Christmas Kickoff/Lighted Christmas Parade. November 17: Downtown 3rd Saturday Market. November 23: Black Friday Business Promotion. December 1: Christian Women’s Fellowship Annual Bazaar. Vine Street Christian Church. December 1: Breakfast with Santa. December 8: Farm Memorabilia Auction. Tri-County Auction Facility. December 15: Downtown 3rd Saturday Market. December 25: Free Community Christmas Day Lunch. Vine Street Christian Church.
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CHESTERVILLE: DOUGLAS/MOULTRIE COUNTIES
Chesterville: Amish Charm, Scenic River, Good Food And Shopping Await Visitors
long the banks of the Kaskaskia River and in the middle of Amish settlements, the charm of Chesterville greets visitors. In Chesterville, which is midway between Arcola and Arthur, visitors will discover an old-fashioned meat market, an outdoor furnishings business and a thriving restaurant that serves delicious and bountiful meals. While most travelers pass through Chesterville on Illinois Route 133 bound for Arthur, Arcola and other area destinations, Chesterville’s old iron bridge, located just north of Illinois Route 133, provides a picturesque view of the Kaskaskia River, which feeds into Lake Shelbyville. The bridge offers photographers a front row seat for snapshots of
Chesterville is midway between Arthur and Arcola, in the heart of Amish Country.
colorful autumnal foliage and the beauty of an icy stream in winter. Today, the 115-year-old bridge is commonly known as the Chesterville Bridge. According to Bill Harshbarger of nearby Arcola, IL, who has written about the structure’s history, citizens around Chesterville asked the county to build a bridge over the Kaskaskia River to take advantage of commercial advantages of the Illinois Central Railroad. In those days, it was called the Kaskaskia River Bridge. The bridge is scheduled to be replaced in August or September 2012. In addition, travelers looking for a little adventure off the beaten path can visit the small Chesterville Cemetery, located just outside the village over an ancient, one lane bridge. In the
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Chesterville’s old iron bridge, just north of Illlinois Route 133, provides a picturesque view of the Kaskaskia River. The bridge is scheduled to be replaced in August or September 2012.
cemetery is the mysterious witch’s grave. Local folklore has it the grave is that of a rebellious young woman who was thought to be a witch. At one point, she disappeared and was later found dead in a farmer’s field. Although authorities ruled that she died of natural causes, many were afraid she would come back to life and seek revenge. The body was placed in the local funeral home and people from all over the countryside came to view the witch’s body. She was buried in the cemetery and a tree was planted on her grave so her spirit would
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be trapped in the tree. As the tree grows directly from her grave, many local residents believe that if the tree is cut down or destroyed, the ghost of the witch will leave her grave and seek revenge on those who caused her death. Since that time, the woman’s ghost has allegedly appeared to passersby and visitors to the cemetery. The story goes that, thanks to the tree, the ghost is confined to the area around the grave. For hungry ghost seekers or other travelers, an option available in
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pressure-treated wood items and poly-vinyl products in seven different colors. Offerings include vinyl and wooden gazebos, arbors, swings, glider chairs, stationary chairs, benches, end tables, picnic tables, lighthouses, aluminum windmills and many more. Visitors and local residents are also invited to hunt for that special treasure from a bygone era at Chesterville Antiques & Collectibles located on the curve.
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Chesterville is The Korner Cafe, which features Amish homestyle cooking including a hearty lunch buffet. Living up to its motto, The Place for Good Home Cookin’, The Korner Cafe also offers a full menu
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that includes plate lunches with all the trimmings, soups, sandwiches, in addition to homemade breads, pies, cakes and other desserts. A full breakfast is served daily. Meanwhile, Dutch Valley Meats in Chesterville, located on the north side of Illinois Route 133, invites both local campers and those heading for home to stop in for some of the finest, freshest selections available today. The business features a wide variety of fresh meats, including offerings that come from local farms, such as wood-smoked sausages and bacon. Looking for a variety of quality outdoor furnishings to decorate a lawn, porch or patio? If so, then visit EMC Outdoor Furnishings on Illinois Route 133. EMC offers shoppers a complete line of concrete ornaments, a selection of 2012 Discover Visitor & Vacation Guide To Central Illinois | PAGE 33
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TUSCOLA: DOUGLAS/MOULTRIE COUNTIES
Tuscola — Douglas County Seat Where ‘Can-Do’ Spirit Thrives section of U.S. Routes 36 and 45.
n Tuscola, people don’t beat around the bush much — they tend to get straight to the point. In that vein, they have worked hard as a community to make a point of offering high end shopping, world class golfing and a spirit of entrepreneurship that people don’t find just anywhere. Other towns have their charms; Tuscola’s got the cando spirit to make things happen and thrive. And that’s exactly the point.
Shopping A Shopper’s Dream: Shopaholic? Or just browsing? Either way, Tuscola has got shoppers covered. From big-name brands at Tanger Outlet Center to the corner stores downtown, Tuscola offers some of the best shopping experiences in the Midwest.
Dining Drive In & Eat Up: The county courthouse houses the Douglas County Civil War display. Handcrafted chocolate and candy? Check. Fresh boutique tea selection? You got it. Downtown farmer’s market? No probLocation Conveniently located along Interstate 57 at Exit 212 and at the inter- lem. Come to Tuscola hungry and enjoy some of the best food found any-
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And world class golf? Think you know Amish Country? One visit to Tuscola may just change your point of view. Located in the heart of Central Illinois’ Amish Country, Tuscola boasts highend shopping, world-class golfing and a variety of community activities. From the Tanger Outlet shops and Ironhorse Golf Club to our beloved Flesor’s Candy Kitchen, we make it a point to offer what no one else does. Tuscola. Get right to the point.
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Downtown Farmersâ€™ Market is held from 8 a.m. to noon in Tuscola every Saturday, June-September. where â€” just make sure to save room for dessert. Playing Something For Everyone: Tuscola takes pride in the activities it offers. Sports enthusiasts will love the cityâ€™s golf course. Historians can explore the townâ€™s history and architecture, and families can spend all day at
area parks. Tuscola is centrally located between Lake Shelbyville, Walnut Point State Park, and Amish Country â€” offering something for everyone. Staying Save Up Your Personal Days: People in Tuscola like to say, â€œOnce you visit Tuscola, you wonâ€™t want to leave.â€? Thatâ€™s why the town offers all the
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2012 Calendar of Events Dates subject to change. Please call ahead for specific information and additional activities.
Downtown Tuscola. comforts of home at the drop of a hat. Visitors are encouraged to take time exploring Tuscola. When they realize they need a few extra days, a soft pillow and a warm cup of milk awaits.
March: Everything Animation. Douglas Co. Museum. April 13, 14: City-Wide Garage Sale. April 20-22: University of Illinois Momâ€™s Weekend Sidewalk Sale at Tanger Outlet . May 19: Tea Dance featuring Gene Trimbleâ€™s Combo Band at the Douglas County Museum from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit: www.docomuseum.org. May 25-28: Memorial Day Weekend Sale at Tanger Outlet. June-September: Downtown Farmersâ€™ Market 8 a.m. to noon, Saturdays. June 2: Wheels Car Club Car Show in downtown Tuscola from 4 to 9 p.m. June 3: 3rd Annual Thrills for Mills Charity Car Show at Tanger Outlet Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 4-8: 4th of July Weekend Sale at Tanger Outlet Center. July 6, 7: Sparks in the Park Celebration. Tuscolaâ€™s 4th of July event
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in Ervin Park. July 14: Ballroom Dance featuring Gene Trimbleâ€™s Combo Band at the Douglas County Museum. For more information, visit: www.docomuseum.org. August 1-December 31: Music! Music! Music! Douglas County Museum. August 31-September 3: Labor Day Weekend Sale at Tanger Outlet Center. September 7-9: 42nd Annual Broom Corn Festival Sidewalk Sale at Tanger Outlet Center. September 8: Ballroom Dance featuring Gene Trimbleâ€™s Combo Band at the Douglas County Museum. For more information, visit: www.docomuseum.org.
October 5-8: Columbus Day Weekend Sidewalk Sale at Tanger Outlet Center October 20: Tea Dance featuring Gene Trimbleâ€™s Combo Band at the Douglas County Museum from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit: www.docomuseum.org. October 31: Trick-or-Treat at Tanger Outlet Center from 5 to 7 p.m. November 9, 10: Rural Life Antique Show at the Douglas County Museum. For more information, visit: www.rurallifeantiqueshow.com. Friday, Nov 9 from 2 - 8 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 10 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. November 16-18: Deer Widows Weekend at Tanger Outlet Center. December 1: Tuscolaâ€™s Annual Christmastown Celebration. December 1: Breakfast with Santa at the Douglas County Museum from 8 to 11 a.m. December 8: Tea Dance featuring Gene Trimbleâ€™s Combo Band at the Douglas County Museum from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit: www.docomuseum.org.
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SULLIVAN: DOUGLAS/MOULTRIE COUNTIES
Fine Furniture, Art, Antiques & Live Theatre All In Sullivan
n Sullivan, visitors will find people with a strong sense of community and connection to the traditions of their agricultural heritage. The town is well known for The Little Theatre On The Square, which brings in big stars to the small community. Local resident Guy Little Jr. opened the theater in 1957, and this professional quality theater continues to entertain audiences decades later. This summer’s productions are Grease, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Pirates of Penzance, The Music Man, and 9 to 5. The Little Theatre also offers plays for younger audiences. Visit The Little Theatre website at Since 1957, The Little Theatre On The www.thelittletheatre.org Square has been a Sullivan attraction. for show dates and times. The Little Theatre On The Square has played to more than 600,000 admissions, including over 130,000 admissions to the Theatre For Young Audiences series.
More Sullivan Attractions Visitors are also invited to shop in Sullivan. Yoder’s Handcrafted Amish Furniture offers custom furniture and cabinets, including kitchens, cabinets, chairs, tables, bedroom sets and outdoor furniture. For the best in primitives, cottage, country and painted pine furniture, shoppers will
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enjoy a trip to The Briarwood. Sullivan’s blossoming art scene has several great galleries featuring multiple artists. Don’t miss The 2nd Act Gallery and New Prairie Gallery downtown, as well as The Factory Art Studios in the historic Brown Shoe building, for a variety of items by local and regional artists. Other shops not to miss include The Flower Pot, Hagens Family Pharmacy and My Garden. For outdoor activities, visit Okaw Valley Orchard to pick your own apples or peaches in season or sample apple doughnuts and slushies in the gift shop. Buxton’s Garden Farm always has a variety of produce, gifts, and cut flowers, as well as, pumpkins and Christmas trees in season.
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Moultrie County, IL Bethany, Dalton City, Lovington & Sullivan
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2012 Sullivan Calendar of Events Dates and events are subject to change. Please call ahead for specific information and activities at 217-728-4223 or visit www.sullivanchamber.com.
April 20, 21: Spores ’n’ More Mushroom Hunt & Auction. April 22: Sullivan Civic Center Spring Tri-athalon. May 5: First Saturday at The Factory Art Studios. May 26: Sullivan Street Machines Association Memorial Day Car Show at Wyman Park. June 1: First Friday on the Square. June 6-17: The Little Theatre presents Grease. June 20-July 1: The Little Theatre presents How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
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The Moultrie County courthouse, centerpiece of Sullivan’s square.
July 4: American Legion Post 68 July 4th Celebration with parade, carnival and fireworks. July 6: First Friday on the Square. July 4-15: The Little Theatre presents The Pirates of Penzance. July 18-29: The Little Theatre presents The Music Man. August 1-12: The Little Theatre presents 9 to 5. August 3: First Friday on the Square. September 28: Sullivan Homecoming. October: Shotgun Manor Haunted House on the Square every Friday & Saturday. October 18-19: Oktoberfest and 9th annual Chili Cook-off. Other activities are being added, so please visit the schedule of events at www.sullivanchamber.com.
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Lake Shelbyville: Play, Stay And Enjoy July 21: Aquafest Water ake Shelbyville and its Safety Carnival at Lake Shelcommunities offer great byville. recreation, attractions, July 27, 28: Findlay Walleye events, and accommodations for Festival in downtown Findlay. a day or for a vacation. Shelby August 16-19: Windsor HarCounty plays host to the southvest Picnic at Windsor City ern two-thirds of Lake ShelPark. byville and the new U.S. Army August 24-26: Cowden PioCorps of Engineers Interpretive neer Days at Cowden City Park. Center and offices. Lake ShelSeptember 21-23: Tower byville was created by the U.S. Hill Fall Festival in Tower Hill Army Corps of Engineers in the Park. 1960s and offers many opportuOctober 5-7: Balloon Fest. nities for visitors. Hot Air Balloons take flight Lake Shelbyville is known over Lake Shelbyville. Balloon for great fishing and hunting. tasks, night glow, basket burn, There are hundreds of miles of food and more. shoreline, secluded coves and October 5-7: Scarecrow more than 11,000 acres of Hot air balloons take flight over Lake Shelbyville. Daze. Scavenger hunts, enterwater to enjoy. For hunters and naturalists, three designated wildlife management areas, totaling more tainment, and games in Forest Park and downtown Shelbyville. November 16-December 30: Shelbyville Festival of Lights in Forest than 6,800 acres, are located at the lake’s shores. There are five federal and two state parks with camping and boat launches. Some offer Park. Sunday through Thursday 6 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday: 6 to 10 beaches as well as equestrian campsites and trails for riding, hiking p.m. December 1, 8, 15: Hometown Holidays in Shelbyville. and biking. December 1: Holiday in Herrick in downtown Herrick. Shelbyville serves as the county seat for Shelby County and feaDecember 1: Old-Fashioned Christmas on Main in downtown tures Forest Park which includes an aquatic center that offers something for everyone in the family such as a zero-depth entry pool, Moweaqua. diving boards, slides, concession stand and sandbox area. The park also offers picnic areas, pavilions, baseball and softball diamonds, a soccer field, athletic center, sunken garden, fishing lagoon, and entrance into the General Dacey trail. Five Looking for Lincoln Wayside Exhibits tell the story of Abraham Lincoln’s time in Shelbyville. One honors the forgotten debate between Lincoln and Anthony Thornton and is graced by statues designed by John McClarey. Also in Shelby County, the village of Findlay is known as “The Heart of Lake Shelbyville.” The village of Moweaqua is home to the Coal Mine Museum, which houses many artifacts from the area’s 1932 Christmas Eve coal mine disaster, and a Looking for Lincoln Wayside Exhibit is displayed on Main Street. The village of Cowden is home to one of five covered bridges in the state and hosts a rodeo yearly in its park. The village of Windsor recently celebrated its sesquicentennial and is host to the longest running festival in Illinois, the Windsor Harvest Picnic. Strasburg is known for its gnomes and is host to a Looking for Lincoln Wayside Exhibit. Stewardson delights with their “Hoofin’ to the Cow” 5K and frightens with the Haunted Barn and Trail. Two Shelby County communities received 2011 Governor’s Hometown Awards, Stewardson for its Haunted Barn and Trail and Shelbyville for the Touchstone Energy Balloon Fest. The county also plays host to three wineries and offers plenty of family friendly and affordable events and attractions. Visit www.lakeshelbyville.com or call 800-874-3529 for updated event listings, attractions, and accommodations.
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Atwood: Country Ambiance, Apple Dumplings, Parades
amed for the woods surrounding a railroad line 27 miles east of Decatur, Atwoodâ€™s history dates back to 1873, when the area served as a stop for steam train engineers who loaded the trains with water from Lake Fork River. The engineers spoke often of stopping â€œat-the-woods.â€? A small community began blossoming on both sides of the tracks. In search of a name for their new hometown, settlers chose Atwood. Since the villageâ€™s humble beginning, Atwood has grown considerably. Today, 1,400 Illinoisans call the land located in both Piatt and Douglas counties along Route 36 their home. Residents cherish the same wonderful ambiance of a Midwestern country town that brings visitors to Atwood each year. A line that runs through the heart of Atwood on Main Street serves as a boundary marker for the residents of the small farming community. Those living to the west are Piatt County residents, and those to the east of the marker comprise part of Douglas Countyâ€™s population. A history lesson is offered at the Harris Agricultural Museum, where visitors can learn about the history of agriculture and relive the past while observing the museumâ€™s many exhibits. Among other highlights of the community are the many shops. Atwoodâ€™s businesses offer shoppers such items as clothing, jewelry, floral arrangements, crafts, meals, furniture and meat from an old-fashioned market. Area residents and visitors are urged to mark their calendars for August 17 and 18 when Atwood will host the annual Apple Dumpling Festival. Along with crafts, food, a large parade, a car show and various contests, festival attendees can bite into homemade apple dumplings that come garnished with homemade ice cream. Other community events include Atwoodâ€™s 84-year-old annual Halloween Parade, the All-Around-Town Garage Sale weekends, â€œKick-Off Christmas Festivitiesâ€? & Parade. For more information about the charming village of Atwood, call the Atwood Chamber of Commerce at 217578-2734 or e-mail at email@example.com. 2012 Atwood Calendar of Events Dates of events are subject to change. Please call ahead for specific information & additional activities.
April 7: Easter Egg Hunt. June 1, 2: All-Around-Town Garage Sales. August 17, 18: Apple Dumpling Festival. October 5, 6: All-Around-Town Garage Sales. October 28: 84th Annual Halloween Parade. TBA: â€œKick-Off Christmas Festivitiesâ€? & Parade.
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Champaign Co.: Sports, Nightlife, Arts, Diversity
he nail-biting excitement of Big Ten Conference sports, the multicultural home of the University of Illinois, unique attractions and a wide variety of nightlife create a true and extremely diverse entertaining experience that awaits visitors to Champaign County. Take the time to sample a county combining the finest aspects of big cities with the values of the prairie. Diversity is reflected in cuisine, entertainment and intellectual stimulation. Whether it is downtown nightlife, Asian to Italian restaurants, blues to boogie, Champaign County has it all. Champaign County is the prime regional hub in east-central Illinois and home to over 100,000 residents. More than 50,000 students from over 100 nations attending the University of Illinois and Parkland College call Champaign County home as well. In addition, Champaign County is known for other recreational opportunities. Many top quality facilities are available to the public, including five forest preserves, pools, outdoor water parks, an indoor aquatic center and more. Quality golf courses are also available in Champaign County with many private courses and two public courses. The diversity within Champaign County has created an infrastructure capable of supporting a strong arts culture and entertainment community. The revitalized downtowns have become the birthplace of stores, galleries and shops allowing for the talent of local artists to come alive. Several local festivals are also growing every year. Visit www.visitchampaigncounty.org, or call (local) 217-351-4133, or (toll-free) 800-369-6151. 2012 Champaign County Calendar of Events Dates are subject to change. Please call ahead for specific information & additional activities.
April 19-22: Boneyard Arts Festival, Champaign County. April 20, 21: Festival of Quilts. April 25-29: Roger Ebertâ€™s Film Festival, Virginia Theatre, Champaign. April 27, 28: Christie Clinic IL Marathon & 27th Mile Celebrate Victory Bash. May 5: Market at the Square opens for the season. June 4: Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour, Champaign. June 12â€“15: Historic Farm Days, Rantoul. June 22â€“24: Taste of Champaign, Urbana. June 29, 30: Blues Brew & BBQ, Champaign. July 4: Countywide Fourth of July festivities. July 20â€“28: 160th Champaign County Fair.
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CHARLESTON/MATTOON: COLES COUNTY
Charleston: Rich In Lincoln History, Family Fun, Fine Arts And Culture
ich in Lincoln history and full of family fun, Charleston is a great getaway destination all year long. Whether visiting for pleasure or business, the city's atmosphere is a perfect blend of historic past, modern culture and progressive growth. Rich Lincoln history is part of Charlestonâ€™s charm. Charleston was established as the Coles County seat in the 1830s.
The Doudna Fine Arts Center is Eastern Illinois Universityâ€™s newest architectural landmark, designed by the internationally famous architect Antoine Predock. This newly renovated and greatly expanded facility boasts several public arts venues: The Theatre, which seats 300; the Black Box studio theater; the 600-seat Dvorak Concert Hall; the 180-seat Recital Hall; the 150-seat Lecture Hall; and several corridor art galleries. The Doudna Fine Arts Center also houses EIUâ€™s departments of Art, Music and Theatre Arts. For more information, visit www.eiu.edu/doudna. Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site Lincoln Log Cabin, operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, preserves the last home of Abraham Lincolnâ€™s father and stepmother, Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln. Although Lincoln was a resident of Springfield by the time his father, Thomas, bought this last farm in 1837, he remained in frequent contact with his father and ex-
Enjoy the famous architecture of â€œOld Mainâ€? on the EIU campus.
The community grew with the arrival of the railroad system. In 1858, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas held one of their seven debates in Charleston. To commemorate this historic event, the community of Charleston completed the Lincoln Douglas Debate Museum in 2000 at the Coles County Fairgrounds. On the beautifully landscaped grounds of the Debate Museum, visitors can pose for a photo with the life-sized bronze sculptures of the candidates, watch a film that tells the story of the Charleston debate, explore interactive displays and even try on Lincolnâ€™s boots and hat. Charleston is also home to Eastern Illinois University, which was founded in 1895 as a teacherâ€™s college. Today, the universityâ€™s campus boasts stunning architecture, beautiful landscaping and excellent collegiate sports and fine arts performances.
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tended family in Coles County. As an up-and-coming lawyer, Lincoln traveled the eighth judicial circuit, which brought him through Coles County regularly in the 1840s. During his stay, Lincoln, always concerned for the welfare of his parents, would often make the eight-mile trip south of town for a visit. According to relatives, he regularly came bearing gifts including cash and notes due him for his legal services in Coles County. One such gift was Abraham Lincoln’s purchase of 40 acres of his father’s farm, which he promptly deeded back to him for a life tenancy. Today, Lincoln Log Cabin is an 86-acre historic site that is owned and operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Division of Historic Sites. The site includes an accurate reproduction of the Lincolns’ two-room cabin that was constructed on the original cabin site in 1935 as a CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) project.
Historic crafts come alive as the town honors the famous Lincoln/Douglas debates, one of which was held in Charleston in 1858.
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A working living history farm has been developed around the cabin, and a second farmstead, the Stephen Sargent Farm, has been moved to the site to help broaden visitors’ understanding of 1840s rural life in Illinois. One mile north is the Moore Home State Historic Site, scene of president-elect Lincoln’s poignant farewell to his family in January of 1861 before leaving to assume the presidency. The centerpiece of the site is the reconstructed Lincoln farm where daily, between May and October, interpreters go about performing the multitude of tasks involved in maintaining a mid-19th-century farm. The interpreters represent Lincoln’s extended family and offer many insights on the man they know not as president but as a son, a brother, a cousin, and a favored uncle. In addition to experiencing an in-depth look at life in the 1840s, on select weekends throughout the year, a variety of special events showcasing period arts, crafts, and activities take place. For more information on Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, call 217-345-1845, follow the site on Facebook or visit www.lincolnlogcabin.org. 2012 Charleston Calendar of Events Dates subject to change. Please call ahead for specific information and additional activities.
April 20-22: Celebration: A Festival of the Arts. For more information, visit www.eiu.edu/~festival, or call 217-581-2113. May 5: Sheep to Clothing at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site. For more information, visit www.lincolnlogcabin.org, or call 217-3451845. May 26, 27: 24th Annual Garden Ramble. For more information, visit www.coleshistory.net, or call 217-2356744. June 1: Corn Belt Shrine Club & Tractor Pull. For more information, visit www.itpapulling.com, or call 217-2321477. June 22: Charleston Chamber of Commerce 35th Annual Golf Outing. For more information visit www.charlestonchamber.com, or call 217-345-7041. July 3, 4: Red, White & Blue Days. For more information, visit www.charlestontourism.org, or call 217-345-7691. PAGE 44 | 2012 Discover Visitor & Vacation Guide To Central Illinois
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August 27: Annual Coles County Air Show at Coles County Airport. For more information, visit www.colescountyairport.com, or call 217-234-7120. September 22: Charleston Challenge Duathlon. For more information, visit www.charlestonchallegeduathlon.com or call 217-3456897. November 12: Charleston Challenge 40 Mile Relay. For more information, visit www.charlestonchallengeduathlon.com or call 217345-6897. December 1: Christmas in the Heart of Charleston. Visit historic downtown Charleston filled with the Christmas spirit. For more information, visit www.charlestontourism.org, or call 217348-0430.
Mr. Lincoln often makes appearances in the Charleston area.
July 29-August 5: 159th Annual Coles County Fair at Coles County Fairgrounds. For more information, call 217-345-2656 or visit www.colescountyfair.com. August 12: Annual Bluegrass Jam at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site. For more information, visit www.lincolnlogcabin.org, or call 217-345-1845.
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CHARLESTON/MATTOON: COLES COUNTY
Mattoon: Lakes, Parks, Baseball & Bagels Draw Thousands Of Visitors
attoon traces its history to the mid-1800s, when railroaders constructed the Terre Haute and Alton Railroad. When word spread that the Illinois Central Railroad was also planning to roll its steam engines through the land that is now Mattoon, settlers began to arrive. By 1855, the area had been named for William Mattoon, a prominent railroad man involved in building the Terre Haute and Alton Railroad. Suddenly, land that had previously been home primarily to swamp and prairie grasses, was transformed. Homes and businesses were built at a rapid pace, and, in 1861, the city fathers established Mattoonâ€™s charter, and growth continued. Today, Mattoon, located just a half-mile west of Interstate 57, is home to more than 20,000 citizens who enjoy an abundance of recreational opportunities. Seven parks serve the community Super 8 Motel by offering lighted tenI-57 & Rte. 16 East nis courts, a large outMattoon, IL 61938 door swimming pool, t Newly Decorated Rooms playgrounds and picnic t Free High-Speed Wireless Internet areas. For lovers of t 61 Clean Comfortable Rooms t Free Super Star Breakfast other outdoor activities, For t Free Local Phone Calls Mattoonâ€™s two lakes, Reservations t Free Cable TV with HBO, CNN, ESPN Lake Paradise and Lake Call: 217-235-8888 t Non-Smoking Rooms With Queen Bed Mattoon, provide many t Restaurant Next Door or forms of recreation, in1-800-800-8000 t In-Room Safes cluding fishing, boating, water skiing, sailing and camping. Must present coupon upon check-in. No other discounts apply. Coupon Expires Dec. 30, 2012 Mattoon is famed