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cola, where 40 acres have been dedicated to offerin search of land for a new settlement. They puring a car/or horse-drawn wagon drive-through exchased land west of the Kaskaskia River in what was perience viewing and personally interacting with then known as the West Prairie area. The first three over 90 animals from all over the world. Visit families to arrive were later joined by others. Today, the Amish community consists of approximately The annual community-wide garage sale, sched4,300 people and is divided into 25 church districts. uled August 5 and 6, is also a popular event. Living without electricity and using horses for transVisitors throughout the year will find much more portation and field work, the Amish families were, at in Arcola. The community offers a warm welcome first, engaged primarily in farming. to visitors as well as unique shopping in charming In recent decades, as it became increasingly diffistores, friendly service, and ample storefront parkcult to acquire farmland, Amish men began estabing. There is just too much to see in one day. Spend lishing thriving businesses. With woodworking the night in Arcola at a hotel including Arcola’s businesses and establishments based on other such Comfort Inn or The Arcola Best Western Plus Hotel trades, many tourists now are drawn to the area to and Conference Center. buy beautifully crafted Amish furniture, handmade Some of the shops on Arcola’s Main Street sure Amish quilts and other products produced by local to please even the most discerning shopper include Amish families. The Arcola Emporium for home decor, gifts, jewAMAZING ARCOLA elry and antiques. In addition, visitors will find AND SPECIAL EVENTS: Amish-crafted furniture and cabinets in Yoder’s For antique enthusiasts, Arcola will host a CounHomestead Shop and Country Charm. A friendly try Spirit Antique Show March 4 and 5. The event welcome awaits at even more Arcola businesses. has expanded and is housed in two locations, the ArLocal restaurants feature mouth-watering specola Center at 107 West Main Street and The Best cialties. Dine in local favorite restaurants including Western Hotel and Conference Center at 917 Green A warm welcome awaits Arcola’s Dutch Kitchen, The Hen House, McDonMill Road. Both locations feature American counin Arcola. ald’s, Monicals, Sweepers, Carriage Crossing, Subtry antiques. A second Country Spirit Antique Show way and Dairy Queen. and Sale is scheduled for Nov. 11 and 12. Green Mill Village welcomes you to Amish Country of Illinois, a region Arcola merchants welcome spring with an annual Spring Open House with so much to do including excursions to the countryside to see the in March (date TBA) when they celebrate the end of winter with special Amish shops and farmsteads, walking down the historic brick streets and pricing for shoppers. shopping for new and vintage goods, or sampling farm-fresh food from New to the area in 2016 is Aikman’s Wildlife Adventure Park, rural Ar-



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2016 Discover Central Illinois  

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