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Fulton County Attactions

Fulton County is blessed with many woodlands that roll among it many hills. One will also find waterways of lakes and two rivers; the Illinois and Spoon River that bring assort of magic to the area. Among all this beauty is Fulton County many historical sites found in nearly every town in the county. Fulton County is also home to a few local and one state museum. Yet one of Fulton County’s most valuable assists is its many friendly people. Come visit us and see for yourself all that Fulton County as to offer.

Dickson Mounds Museum

Dickson Mounds Museum

Fulton County is home to the Dickson Mounds Museum, a branch of the Illinois State Museum and a National Historic Site. Dickson Mounds is one of the major archaeological museums in the United States, and gives the visitor a unique opportunity to explore the world of the Illinois River Valley through 12,000 years of human experience.



The Lewistown Society also has a continuing project of restoring the old Fulton County Railroad Narrow Gauge Railroad Station located one block west of the Northwest corner of the public square in Lewistown.

The Oak Hill Cemetery which is located west of Illinois Highway 97 in the north part of Lewistown is another visitor attraction located in Lewistown. Oak Hill Cemetery is located relatively near the Masters Home and was undoubtedly a major influence on his Spoon River Anthology.

Lewistown achieved several “firsts” in the State of Illinois including the first American Legion Post, the first Volunteer Fire Protection District and Central Illinois’s first newspaper, the Fulton Democrat. Lewistown offers a number of stores and shops to provide area residents and visitors shopping opportunities.

While in Lewistown visit our two museums.

The Rasmussen Blacksmith Shop is an authentic preservation of a turn of the century working shop. Nels Rasmussen an emigrate ttom Denmark started the shop in 1893 on Main Street near the downtown business area of Lewistown. After Nels death the shop was then operated by his son Don until his death in 1969 and was the oldest operating proprietorship owned by the same family in Lewistown. The shop was then acquired by the Society to preserve this part of early craftsmanship. During the operation of the shop buggy making, wheels and as steel wheel were produced along with the horse shoeing and other forge and anvil work. The pulleys and shafts are still overhead that powered the grinders, buffers and other equipment of the shop. The Rasmussen Blacksmith Shop appears today much as it did the last day of operation by the Rasmussen's—an unchanged look at a trade and technology of bygone days.

Rasmussen Museum

The Fulton County Narrow Gauge Railroad museum building is the last reminder of this railroad system. The depot is located on the comer of Washington and Jefferson in Lewistown. The narrow gauge railroad ran ttom 1878 to 1905. The route extended for 61 miles ttom Galesburg to West Havana with stops at Levingston, DeLong, London Mills, Oak Mound, Fairview, Bybee, Fiatt, Put Creek, Cuba, Phillips, Lewistown, Sepo and Havana. The site as an added attraction is the home of a caboose which is available for tours.

 

 

 

700 East Oak, Room 301, Canton, IL 61520
309-647-6074
fultontourism@aol.com or info@fultoncountytourism.org


Bill Swango

Fulton County is home to one of the most accomplished wood carvers in the United States. Bill Swango, wood carver, maintains a studio in the Red Brick School at Smithfield.

Swango Wood Creations Website


Red Brick School

Red Brick School Community Center
Smithfield, Illinois

Opened the first two weekends in October during the Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive. Large displays of Art, Crafts, and Antiques. Serving homemade chicken & noodles, real mash potatoes with apple dumplings and pie.

Ellisville's old Post Office.

The historic village of Ellisville provides visitors an
opportunity to step into the past. This picture above is
Ellisville's old Post Office.

The Playhouse

The Playhouse has presents a variety of theatrical
experiences for all of Fulton County.

Waterslide at Big Creek Park

Waterslide at Big Creek Park in Canton Illinos.


AREA LINKS
 
Bank of Farmington
http://www.bankoffarmington.com
 
Bill’s Digital Photos
photoguy1000@sbcglobal.net
 
Buell’s Marina
http://www.buellsmarineinc.com
 
C. A. R. Financial
emailbhumphrey@sybertech.net
 
City of Canton
http://www.cantonillinois.org/
 
Canton Area Chamber of Commerce
http://www.cantonillinois.org/
 
Cracklin Jake’s Restaurant & Lodge
http://www.cracklinjakes.com/index.html
 
Conrad Enterprises
rebeaty@sbcglobal.net
conradent@sbcglobal.net
 
Dickson Mounds Museum
http://www.museum.state.il.us/ismsites/dickson/
 
Fulton County Historical and
Genealogical Society
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilfchgs/
 

 

 

 

 

Pictures by Bill Burnham


Bernadotte Bridge

Bernadotte provides a scenic attraction for visitors interested in viewing the natural beauty of Fulton County or those visitors interested in history of the Fulton County region. Bernadotte was once considered as a site for the Illinois State Capitol!


Fulton County Attractions Map

Map

Click on the map above to see a printer friendly map of
attractions throughout the Fulton County area.


AREA LINKS
 
Bank Of Farmington
http://www.bankoffarmington.com/
 
Farmers State Bank of Fulton County
http://www.fsbfc.com/
 
The Fulton Democrat
http://www.fultondemocrat.com/
 
Horse Creek Trails
 
Ipava State Bank
www.ipavastatebank.com
 
Landmark Bed & Breakfast
http://www.landmarkinnofcanton.com/
 
City of Lewistown
http://www.lewistownil.org/
 
Lewistown Chamber of Commerce
http://www.lewistownchamber.org/
 
 
MBixler Video Productions
www.mbixlervideoproductions.com
 
Canton McDonald’s
tylaco@winco.net
 
Cracklin Jake’s Restaurant & Lodge
http://www.cracklinjakes.com/index.html
 
Conrad Enterprises
rebeaty@sbcglobal.net
conradent@sbcglobal.net
 
Dickson Mounds Museum
http://www.museum.state.il.us/ismsites/dickson/
 
Fulton County Historical and
Genealogical Society
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilfchgs/
 

Mid-America National Bank
www.midnatbank.com

 
The Nature Conservancy
http://www.nature.org/
 
Sirloin Stockade790 N Main St
stockade790@sbcglobal.net
 
Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive
http://www.spoonriverdrive.org
 
The Sweet Shoppe
trytospamme@att.net
 
 
 
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