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CHESTERVILLE: DOUGLAS/MOULTRIE COUNTIES
Chesterville: River Scenes, Good Food, Local Folklore In The Heart Of Amish Country
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 new 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 colorful autumnal foliage and the beauty of an icy stream in winter. The new bridge was constructed recently to replace a 115-year-old iron bridge that was commonly known as the Chesterville Bridge. Citizens around Chesterville asked the county to build the original structure 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. 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 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
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Above: Chesterville’s popular Korner Cafe, and below, Dutch Valley Meats, “on the curve” in Chesterville. 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
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