The largest man-made lake in Illinois (26,000 acres), Carlyle Lake is a premier location for outdoor sports. Well known to sailers, it is one of the best and most challenging for sailboats. There is also boating, fishing, hunting, bird watching, sand beaches and camping areas. Hotels, cabins and golf courses make the area a true outdoor lover’s playground.
Built in the late 1800s as a private home, the museum holds many artifacts from the area, including genealogical material, books and periodicals on the history of the county. Every Thursday except the first Thursday of the month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and by appointment.
Notably, this is the burial site of the first Governor of Illinois and of U.S. Senator Elias Kent Kane, Illinois’ first Secretary of State and architect of the state constitution.
The bell was rung as the island was captured from the British during the Revolutionary War by Col. George Rogers Clark and his “Long Knives.”
The 1750’s French Colonial fort is built atop the original stone foundation. Inside the fort is the restored powder magazine believed to be the oldest building in Illinois. The Winter and Summer Rendezvous draw thousands of visitors each year.
This cemetery was created when graves were moved from Kaskaskia Island to Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site in the 1890s after a flood. According to one account 3,000 boxes were moved, some containing entire families.
The complex includes three properties; Dr. Poos Home & Medical Museum (202 N. Front St); the Frank Schlosser Home (114 W. Walnut), a turn- of-the-century house, barn, harness shop and commercial laundry; and the Joseph Schlosser Home.
In the heart of downtown Olney, IL, you’ll find Southeastern Illinois’ most unique shopping experience. Something for every white squirrel lover on your list!
Boating, fishing year-round, campground, marina
More than 100 Central Illinois people who have contributed significantly to the game of baseball are honored. The three namesakes: Jim Bottomley, Red Ruffing and Ray Schalk are all National Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees. Sat. 9 a.m.-noon; Sun. 1-4 p.m. or by appointment.
Visit this small family owned and operated orchard where the goal is to provide fresh, quality fruit and a family friendly experience. Pick your own fruits (in season), pet the farm animals, and stop in at the shop.