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Visit Menard County

Visit Menard County Official page for Menard County Tourism- Discover our History, Experience our Charm Official FB Page for Menard County Tourism. Menard County Illinois invites you to visit our historical, quaint, picturesque part of central Illinois.

Historical Attractions: Lincoln historical sites abound, including Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site, several Looking for Lincoln stops, the Athens Long Nine Museum, the flatboat, and the County Courthouse. Check out our numerous Antique Shops & Boutiques while you're here; we've got everything from vintage items, antiques and reclaimed pieces to trendy clothing & accessories! Love the outdo

Historical Attractions: Lincoln historical sites abound, including Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site, several Looking for Lincoln stops, the Athens Long Nine Museum, the flatboat, and the County Courthouse. Check out our numerous Antique Shops & Boutiques while you're here; we've got everything from vintage items, antiques and reclaimed pieces to trendy clothing & accessories! Love the outdo

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Community Photo Album - Vintage Sleigh.  Enjoy the smiling faces of those who shared the holiday spirit on Santa's sleig...
12/09/2021
Town Photo Album - Santa's Sleigh

Community Photo Album - Vintage Sleigh. Enjoy the smiling faces of those who shared the holiday spirit on Santa's sleigh. The snow machine added to the magic. Thanks to John and Randy from Indian Creek Farmstead. Click on the link to view the video and see yourself and friends! https://vimeo.com/654381644

On Friday night the town came alive for "Light Up the Square." Santa lit the town Christmas tree, children sang carols and a community photo album was…

🎄Enjoy a free decorated Christmas wagon ride around the square today from 1-3 pm during the Annual Christmas Festival in...
12/04/2021

🎄Enjoy a free decorated Christmas wagon ride around the square today from 1-3 pm during the Annual Christmas Festival in Petersburg! 🎄Boarding will be on the north side of the square. The antique sleigh with snow machine from Indian Creek Farmstead was a big hit for hundreds last night for photo ops. It continues today with the country Christmas wagon pulled by a tractor. Participate in the festive sweater crawl and find some great Christmas gift items in the shoppes. Videos are being produced from last nights Lighting of the town Christmas Tree, vintage sleigh photos and the kids caroling.

This weekend is special in Petersburg.  It begins at 6:15 pm TONIGHT with the lighting of the town tree, followed by kid...
12/03/2021

This weekend is special in Petersburg. It begins at 6:15 pm TONIGHT with the lighting of the town tree, followed by kids singing carols starting at 6:30 at Broadgauge (Kindergarten); 1st grade at 7:00 and 2nd grade at 7:30. Get your photo taken on the antique sleigh with snow machine on the NW corner of the square. Visit with Santa at Salem on Seventh Theatre. Enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and more around town. Saturday you can enjoy free wagon rides around the square from 1-3 pm and special shopping in town. It's "Light up the Square for a Candyland Christmas" on Friday and the annual Christmas Festival on Saturday in Petersburg. Wagon rides and sleigh from Indian Creek Farmstead. See you there!

The 35th Annual Craft Tour is Saturday, Nov 27 from 8 am - 3 pm in the Athens area.  Check out the many Christmas decora...
11/26/2021

The 35th Annual Craft Tour is Saturday, Nov 27 from 8 am - 3 pm in the Athens area. Check out the many Christmas decorations, handmade art, gifts and so much more. Attached is a listing of participating businesses and a map. Find unique gifts, shop local and buy American! And next weekend is the Christmas celebration on Friday and Saturday in Petersburg. Click on the images for the full size. Hope to see you there. Dan, Menard County Tourism

Holiday Events Begin This Saturday in Petersburg.  Participating merchants are offering Christmas specials all day with ...
11/13/2021

Holiday Events Begin This Saturday in Petersburg. Participating merchants are offering Christmas specials all day with free horse drawn carriage rides from 1-3 pm on the NW corner of the square. Bring the kids to enjoy the carriage rides and experience the holiday spirit in Petersburg on Saturday, Nov 13. See the attached calendar for other upcoming holiday festivals in our little town. You may need to double click on the cards for full viewing. You can pick up copies of the Holiday Festival Calendar at area businesses.

Here's another great fall event on Sat. Oct 16.  Check out the flyer for the annual Sangamon River Fall Float.  I highly...
10/07/2021

Here's another great fall event on Sat. Oct 16. Check out the flyer for the annual Sangamon River Fall Float. I highly recommend it as a great way to enjoy the river for the first time or just get out with others to enjoy the fresh air and nature. It's a safe way to see the river for the first time and the river valley's natural sites, and learn a bit along the way. See the poster on how to register online. It's only $20 and includes a wiener roast at the end. It's a great experience. Dan

Last chance to learn about nature in our own backyard.  Check out the flyer for information on the Starhill Forest Arbor...
10/02/2021

Last chance to learn about nature in our own backyard. Check out the flyer for information on the Starhill Forest Arboretum tour on Tuesday, Oct 5 or the Emiquon/Dickson Mounds tour on Wed. Oct. 6. Both are fun, educational and a great chance to ask questions of the experts. It's a hands-on tour in the best nature has to offer in a safe environment. This is the last chance for the year. Book your tour by calling RiverBank Lodge at 217.632.0202.

Petersburg's Harvest Fest drew thousands of folks to the annual event on Sept. 18.  Enjoy some photos of the day's event...
09/24/2021
Harvest Fest Slide Show 2021.mov

Petersburg's Harvest Fest drew thousands of folks to the annual event on Sept. 18. Enjoy some photos of the day's events and highlights of the parade. Coming soon will be the full parade shot in 4K video.

https://vimeo.com/612015064

Check out the great fun that was had on September 18 for Petersburg's annual Harvest Fest. Large crowds filled the streets and stores around the square and…

Fall festivals are in full swing. The Menard County Tourism Council is releasing a series of videos highlighting people ...
09/22/2021
Marbold Heritage Festival 2021

Fall festivals are in full swing. The Menard County Tourism Council is releasing a series of videos highlighting people and events from some of those festivals so that you can enjoy them again or see what you missed if you weren't able to attend. The Marbold Heritage Festival was held on Sept. 11 & 12, 2021 and you'll enjoy the weekend festivities by watching the short video. Enjoy! PS Available on Thursday...Harvest Fest video from event held last weekend in Petersburg.

https://vimeo.com/609052320

Enjoy some highlights from the Marbold Heritage Festival held Sept. 11 & 12, 2021 in Greenview, IL. See artisans, performers, Civil War camp, vendors and improvements…

Fall Festivals are in full swing in Petersburg and Menard County.  Harvest Fest was yesterday, October Fest is today at ...
09/19/2021

Fall Festivals are in full swing in Petersburg and Menard County. Harvest Fest was yesterday, October Fest is today at Hand of Fate Brewing Company and Pumpkin Season is packed with fun at Indian Creek Farmstead including food and your favorite drinks starting at 11 am today. There are still a dozen festivals and special events remaining this year so plan your weekends. For more info, check out the tourism website at www.VisitMenardCounty.com.

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08/19/2021

Enjoy a "Field Trip for Grown Ups" in the RiverBank Lodge Nature Tours sponsored by the Menard County (IL) Tourism Council. Go behind the scenes and learn about the Emiquon Nature Preserve and the huge wetlands restoration, along with a behind the scenes look at Dickson Mounds Museum. Guided tours, coming up on September 8th & 15th and October 6th. See video for complete details.

11/13/2020
Christmas in Menard County

The Christmas season is upon us. Visit Petersburg and Menard County for a vintage Christmas. Enjoy a carriage ride through historic Petersburg tomorrow, Nov. 14.

09/20/2020
02/09/2020
HGTV's Hometown Takeover-Petersburg, Illinois

Petersburg is one of many towns applying for HGTV's Hometown Takeover, please like & share this video to spread the word! The video highlights Petersburg, it's progress & vision for the future. #PetersburgProud #HGTV

09/06/2019
Indian Creek Farmstead Community Event This Saturday

Be sure to join in the fun on Saturday, Sept. 7 at Indian Creek Farmstead, LLC Community Appreciation Day. FREE admission, free tractor/wagon rides and free kids activities in the Corral. Food and drinks are available for purchase. Opens at 4:00 pm and runs till 9:00 pm. Music by White Lightning starting at 5 pm. Enjoy drinks in the Barn Saloon.

09/05/2019
Marbold Artisan Fair this Saturday

It's a day of fun in the country at the Historic Marbold Farmstead Association Artisan Fair this Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. Check out some great art, tasty food and live music; see video for details #mustseemc

Visit The Farm
08/03/2019

Visit The Farm

C’mon out to The Farm’s 25th Birthday Party! The whole shop’s on sale! 🎂🎉🥳

Check out our list of upcoming events around Menard County #mustseemc #enjoyillinois
08/01/2019

Check out our list of upcoming events around Menard County
#mustseemc #enjoyillinois

07/17/2019
Hello Sunshine Makery & Marketplace

Hello Sunshine Makery & Marketplace

My friend, Dawn from The Consignment Shop, is doing a fashion show today at The Menard County fair at 2:30. If you come at 1 o’clock there is a free lunch for you ladies! And you can watch the other shows available. They’re going to have giveaways, and beautiful models all ages.

Stop by and see this awesome fashion show.

06/22/2019
Marbold 2019 Antique Show and Farm Fest

Come out to the Historic Marbold Farmstead Association Antique Farm Show & Farm Fest Saturday 9 to 5 and Sunday 9 to 3. Rain or Shine. See video for details #mustseemc

https://vimeo.com/343753642

Join in the fun this weekend at the 2019 Marbold Farmstead Antique Show and Farm Fest in Greenview, IL

Petersburg Chamber of Commerce
06/19/2019

Petersburg Chamber of Commerce

Land of Lincoln TV is having a ribbon cutting ceremony Tomorrow, Thursday, June 20, at 3 pm at their studio located at 205 S. Sixth Street, across from Potter Drugs in Petersburg. All Chamber members are invited to participate. Snacks and refreshments will be served following the ribbon cutting. It will be a chance to see the TV studio and learn about the free video services for not-for-profit organizations. You can see where local videos are produced and also meet the students in the Broadcasting Club who have helped film and photograph some of the community events over the past year. Bring a friend or colleague and check out the facilities at Land of Lincoln TV, a division of Treetop Productions, Inc. of Petersburg.

06/09/2019
TIP Talk - These Shining Lives

A powerful performance of These Shining Lives can be experienced at Theatre in the Park tonight and tomorrow night. The play chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance. They died after exposure to radium in the painting of dials. It's based on a true story of the radium girls from Ottawa. https://vimeo.com/339731336

These Shining Lives is a power play that chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day as many died of cancer after licking…

Hill Prairie Winery
05/30/2019

Hill Prairie Winery

Don’t miss out! Rocket Axe Throwing will be here every Friday, Saturday, & Sunday this summer and fall. Don’t worry if you’ve never thrown, because @rocketaxe has a great staff that walks you through everything before you step up to the lane! We encourage you to go to www.rocketaxe.com and read their rules. One thing to remember before you leave home....All participants must wear closed toed shoes, NO sandals, flipflops, or footwear exposing skin.
Our schedule for this summer:
Saturday 1-9
Sunday 1-6
Visit rocketaxe.com to find pricing and reserve a lane at Hill Prairie Winery!

05/24/2019
TIP Crowds Enjoy The Lion King, Jr.

There are only two shows left for The Lion King, Jr. at Theatre in the Park: tonight and Saturday night. After months of work, it all ends this weekend with a cast of 50 fantastic young performers. Experience the fun, music, and magic and support our students, crew, volunteers and others who made this awesome show possible.

https://vimeo.com/337655362

Enjoy some highlights of The Lion King Jr. as performed by the young cast at Theatre in the Park. Only three dates remain so be sure to take in a show May 23-25.…

Hill Prairie Winery
05/23/2019

Hill Prairie Winery

If you love ribs then Hill Prairie Winery is the place for you on Friday nights! They are definitely Mark's specialty. If ribs aren't your favorite you have a choice of a delicious ribeye, shrimp skewers, or grilled chicken. We have indoor and outdoor seating available. Dinner is served 5-8. Reservations are accepted but not required. Call 217-635-9900 if you would like to reserve your seats.
23753 Lounsberry Rd, Oakford, IL 62673

Petersburg Chamber of Commerce
05/21/2019

Petersburg Chamber of Commerce

ATTENTION DRINKIN' WITH LINCOLN 5K RACERS!!!
The Overall results for the 5K can be found at: http://finishresults.com

Petersburg Chamber of Commerce
05/14/2019

Petersburg Chamber of Commerce

Petersburg Chamber of Commerce
05/06/2019

Petersburg Chamber of Commerce

Today is the last day to pre-order a 2019 Drinkin with Lincoln t-shirt for $15!!
Any orders placed after today will be $20 and the t-shirts will not be available until after the Street Fest.
Get your's now at:https://www.signmeup.com/DrinkinwithLincoln

RiverBank Lodge
05/04/2019

RiverBank Lodge

Located on 50 acres in southern Menard County, IL, Starhill Forest is a private arboretum owned and ope rated by the Sternberg family since 1976. The land has been farmed and grazed since the mid-19th century, when Abraham Lincoln traveled on the same road during his New Salem days.

Book your stay at Riverbank Lodge for close access to Starhill Forest!

http://bit.ly/2IPwbjB

Petersburg Chamber of Commerce
05/03/2019

Petersburg Chamber of Commerce

Drinkin with Lincoln Street Fest and 5K will be here soon!!!! Get signed up for the 5K or place a t-shirt order by May 6th to receive your t-shirt before race day!!! Sign-up now at: https://www.signmeup.com/DrinkinwithLincoln

Petersburg Chamber of Commerce
05/01/2019

Petersburg Chamber of Commerce

Drinkin with Lincoln Street Fest and 5K will be here soon!!!! Get signed up for the 5K or place a t-shirt order by May 6th to receive your t-shirt before race day!!! Sign-up now at: https://www.signmeup.com/DrinkinwithLincoln

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Petersburg, IL
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General information

Welcome to the new Menard County Tourism Page! Few areas are so rich in history, recreational opportunities, the arts and entertainment as Menard County Illinois. We are home to Lincoln’s New Salem where he spent his formative years and was first elected to the legislature. New Salem features living history and major festivals throughout the year. Just two miles away is historic Petersburg, the town surveyed by Lincoln with unique lodging, dining and entertainment options. Visit our website www.VisitMenardCounty.com find information on all Menard County has to offer from History, to Entertainment to Shopping, it will be a great resource for both tourists & locals.

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Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

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(217) 632-0202

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Discover our History, Experience our Charm Visit Menard County offers a fresh look at what's happening in Menard County, Illinois To learn more about our Historical Attractions, Events, Shopping, Dining, Wineries & Brewery, the outdoors & more visit our website at: https://www.visitmenardcounty.com

Getting Married? Plan your dream wedding in Menard County, which is just 25 minutes from Springfield. Visit our exclusive, online wedding directory to see our beautiful venues & skilled vendors, who offer hands on help at a fraction of the cost of surrounding areas. https://www.visitmenardcounty.com/married-in-menard-county Follow us on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/visitmenardcounty/ Contact Us:

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SUNDAY JULY 5TH 2 PM Hill Prairie Winery Chicago Blues Hall of Fame Australian artist Michael Charles and His Band perform live in concert!
Is no one updating this page anymore? I'm trying to find a list of local events to help schedule our calendar at Riverbank Lodge and am unable to find anything regarding 2020?
Clothes!!!! I have a consignment shop in Petersburg and I would like to sell for you sometime! It's 60/40 split, on our racks for 90 days. Juniors ladies and women's clothing and accessories are accepted and available. I have a lot of shoppers from all over central Illinois so things sell quickly. It's a fun and hassle free way to make resale cash!
Indian Creek Farmstead near Petersburg Il will be hosting a rock finding event on Thursday July 27th 6-8pm. Like Indian Creek Farmstead on Facebook for more details! This will be in conjunction with our Thursday night dinner catered by The Copper Pot Barnyard will be open for "hunting" and other yard games for children and adults Call or text Angela with questions
Indian Creek Farmstead will be open for dinner and drinks! THURSDAY JULY 13th 6-8pm The Copper Pot will be offering an Asian Salad topped with pulled pork or an Italian Beef sandwich with a side of macaroni salad. We will also have hot dogs and chips available Children are most welcome, the barnyard is open to play Come and enjoy dinner and a drink with us in this peaceful setting Call Angela with questions 217-416-1501 The trail will also be open for walking and jogging NO DOGS PLEASE
The Trail at INDIAN CREEK FARMSTEAD (Near Petersburg) will be open for walking and jogging, on Thursday July 6th 6-8pm. Our patio will also be open. Drinks and light snacks will be available for purchase NO DOGS PLEASE Call Angela if you have questions 217-416-1501
Dowell Quarter Horses in Greenview is open for horseback riding lessons 7 days a week (by appointment) We welcome children age3 through adult. We have both indoor and outdoor arenas! For more information call Angela 217-416-1501