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Illinois ASA Hall of Fame & Casey Softball Museum
South side of Fairview Park, displays feature legendary players and teams in Illinois Softball history.  www.cityofcaseyil.org

Casey Wind Chimes
Downtown Casey
Admire long silver pipes measuring 42 feet long and suspending 54 feet from the ground.


Charleston Tourism Office
520 Jackson Ave.

Charleston Alley Theatre
718 Monroe Ave.
A small, intimate, avant garde, experimental, regional theatre offering a wonderful mix of old and new drama. 

Doudna Fine Arts Center
7th St. and Hayes Ave.
Eastern Illinois University campus, the new Doudna Fine Arts Center gives EIU Theatre Arts students, faculty and patrons the best that contemporary theatre design can offer, including The Theatre with a proscenium stage, the flexible Black Box studio and the Movement Studio.  EIU productions and visiting troupes for all ages are featured. 

Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue
founded in 1895, Eastern Illinois University provides an array of entertainment from collegiate sports to symphony and theatre performances. 

Lake Charleston
1 mile south of Charleston on IL Rt. 130
Visitors can enjoy a playground, picnic area with grills, trails, fishing pier and gazebo, and boating. 

Lincoln-Douglas Debate Museum
126 E Street
Retrace the senatorial debates of 1858 between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A.  Douglas. The museum offers exhibits and interactive displays that tell the debates’ story through film, audio selections, artifacts and photos.  The museum also includes a Children’s Hands-On Area and a life-size sculpture of Lincoln and Douglas.  Open daily. 

Rotary Community Aquatic Center & Putt ‘n Swing
920 17th St.
Visit this family fun center, featuring an Olympic size pool, a zero-entry pool with large splash toys, a 121-foot waterslide, diving board, large umbrellas, deck chairs, and concessions. 

Tarble Arts Center
South 9th St. and Cleveland Ave. (Eastern Illinois University)
Open year round, this arts haven houses art exhibitions and permanent collections, a gift shop, special events, performing arts and educational programs. 

Thomas Lincoln Cemetery & Shiloh Church
Lincoln Highway Road
8 miles south of Charleston, Lincoln’s father, Thomas Lincoln and step-mother, Sarah Bush Lincoln, along with many Civil War veterans are buried here near a beautiful old brick country church. 


Cumberland County Covered Bridge
West of Greenup on the National Road
The Embarras River Near Greenup was the site of a covered bridge built by Abe and Thomas Lincoln and Dennis Hanks.  The original bridge was 200 feet long. Reconstruction of the bridge began in 1998 and was dedicated in 2000.  The covered bridge is on Cumberland Road just West of Greenup, between Rt. 40 and Interstate 70 in Cumberland County. A.K.A the Jackson Cover Bridge. 

Cumberland County Historical & Genealogical Museum
213 W. Cumberland Street 
A huge selection of genealogy information at the old Johnson building with a Victorian room upstairs.  Don’t miss the original train depot located next door.  In 2010 a new Military Museum was opened located in the old Carnegie library across the street. 

Cumberland County Military Museum
101 N. Mill St.
A converted Carnegie Library pays tribute to local veterans from the Mexican War to the current conflicts in the Middle East. 

Historic Greenup Railroad Depot
213 W Cumberland
The building itself has served the Terre Haute and Vandalia Railroad, the Pennsylvania, the Penn-Central and Illinois Central Railroad. Now a museum preserving artifacts from both railroading and telegraph history. 

Lincoln Trail Motosports
649 N 2150 E.
Halfway between Greenup & Casey just South on 2150 East from US 40.  DNR riding facility – 220 Acre of Motorcycle and ATV riding area.  Approximately 25 miles trails, natural terrain Motocross course along with a pee-wee track for the little ones.  Pay per use of the facility or you can become a member of LTM, it’s like having your own 220 acres of trails in your backyard to ride when you like.  Approximately 30 motocross events per year. 


Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site
402 S Lincoln Highway Rd.
An 86-acre historic site includes an accurate reproduction of the Lincolns’ two-room cabin that was constructed on the original cabin site in 1935.  A working living history farm has been developed around the cabin, and a second farmstead, the Stephen Sargent Farm, has been moved to the site to help broaden visitors’ understanding of 1840s rural life in Illinois. 


Clark County Museum
502 South 4th Street
The Manly – McCann House, built in 1838, is now the Clark County Museum.  Uri Manley was a learned lawyer from Kentucky who came to Illinois in 1837. He was appointed as the first postmaster of Marshall in 1838 and had an office in this home.  Today, the museum houses information on the Lincoln/Douglas debates, unique county architecture and more.

Lincoln Trail State Park
16985 E 1350th Rd.
Whether you are looking for history, unusual plant life or recreation, Lincoln Trail State Park has something to interest you.  Located just west of Illinois Route 1, two miles south of Marshall in Clark County, the area is named after the trail Abraham Lincoln’s family followed en route from Indiana to Illinois in 1831.  Today, visitors can enjoy the sights of wildflowers and recreational activities such as boating, camping, fishing, hiking and winter sports. 

Log Cabin Visitor’s Center
114 S. Michigan Ave., Holiday Park (Intersection of IL Rt. 1 and Archer Ave.)
217-826-2034 or 217-826-1044

National Road Welcome Center at Harlan Hall
603 Locust St.
Built in 1871 as a livery stable, Harlan Hall’s second floor later served as an opera house.  The Second Floor serves as a National Road Welcome Center.  Enjoy dioramas that depict the evolution of the road.  Talking mannequins share tales of the road as well. 

Mill Creek Park
20482 N. Park Entrance Rd.
2,600 acres of land and 811 acres of water, with 39 miles of shoreline.  Since opening in 1982, the park has continued to develop.  Visitors can enjoy picnic areas around the lake, a 139-site campground with shower facilities and a playground, 15 miles of horse trails, courtesy dock facilities, fuel dispensing, cabins and boat rentals. 

Stone Arch Bridge
Archer Ave.,West edge of Marshall
Constructed in 1831, was brought down the Wabash River by barge, hauled by wagon & cut to fit without mortar.  It is still used daily, as the National Road runs over the bridge. 


Lincoln School Museum
7400 E 1500th Rd.
The Lincoln School Museum is a restored 1880’s one-room brick school.  It stands at its original location, and has been restored to its turn of the century charm strictly through private donations.  The building now serves as a living history museum for area students, and represents the typical education available at the time of its existence.  It is open to the public on weekends from June through August and anytime by appointment. 
217-382-4765 or 217-382-6666


The City of Mattoon is ideally located in central Illinois just 2.5 hours from Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis.  Our world class sporting facilities, parks and lakes have made Mattoon adestination for a number of events.  Each year the city welcomes thousands of participants for youth sports tournaments including softball, baseball, soccer, track and field and more. Youth aren’t the only ones to compete in Mattoon, adult athletes compete in marathons, triathlons and sailing events.

Mattoon Welcome Center Peterson House
500 Broadway Ave.
Located in beautiful Peterson Park, the Peterson House serves as the Mattoon Welcome Center offering free publications for visitors. 

Railroad Depot and Welcome Center (Fall 2012)
1718 Broadway Avenue, originally built in 1918 by the Illinois Central Railroad and recentlyremodeled in 2011.  Station continues to be an active Amtrak Station. 

Douglas-Hart Nature Center
2204 Dewitt Avenue East
Over more than 65 acres of agricultural land have been transformed into natural habitats characteristic of east central Illinois.  Miles of groomed trails wind throughout prairie, forest, and wetland habitats.  The center also provides environmental education programs to public and private groups. 

Lake Mattoon Campground and Marina
Interstate 57 South
Fed by the Little Wabash River and has an average depth of only 10.5 feet.  The lake is a popular recreation spot for fishing,camping and boating, with approximately 1,250 boat permits issued on the lake every year.  Camper lots, tent sites and dock rentals are available. 

Lytle Park Pool
South 32nd Street
Fun for the whole family! 1.2 million gallons of water, over 30,000 square foot pool play area, zero depth entry, waterslides, lap swimming, water play structures, 100’s of lounge chairs, multiple shade areas, and more.  Very clean facility and friendly staff. 
Office 217-234-2464, Pool 217-258-9801


Historic Landmarks Compound
P.O. Box 84
Dr. Rutherford left an undeniable mark on local, state and national history as a friend of Abraham Lincoln, as a champion of human rights in the Matson slave trial, and as a civic-minded leader in his community.  The Landmarks Complex has grown to include several sites of historical significance, including Dr. Rutherford’s home and office, Mail Pouch Barn, Pennsylvania Depot, meeting house and more.  Open 10am-2pm on Fridays and Saturdays, April 1 through October 31.  Tours also available by appointment. 


Allis Chalmers Tractor Museum
9688 N. 2200th St.
consists of three main buildings: the Dealership, the Toy Room and the Main Museum.  The Main Museum building has over 80 AC tractors from the early 1900s.  In addition there are two other barns with nearly 100 Allis Chalmers implements.  Visitors are welcome anytime, but it is best to call for appointment. 

Bicentennial Art Center
132 South Central Avenue
A non-profit organization that offers a full range of art activities and programs to the residents and artists of the region.  These include exhibitions, classes and workshops, tours to other art centers and events, community outreach programs, and scholarships for talented youth. 

Edgar County Courthouse
115 W Court Street
The courthouse was built in 1891 of native limestone, and is the county’s third court building.  With its Romanesque architecture and its four-faced clock tower, topped by a statue of Justice, it is listed today on the National Register of Historic Places.  Inside, original murals depicting a scene from Shakespeare’s ‘Merchant of Venice’ and a view of the Chicago Exposition are fully restored. 

Edgar County Historical Society Complex
408 N. Main
Compare pioneer and Victorian lifestyles when you visit the log cabin and brick Italianate home.  View the desk and chair used by Abraham Lincoln when he visited Paris while traveling his court circuit.  Donations welcome. 

Heartland Antique Auto Museum
1208 N. Main
Walk among cars from the turn-of-the-century through the 1950’s.  This family-run museum is also the site of the restoration shop for classic V12 and V16 Cadillac’s and Dusenberg’s as well as custom built vintage Indy cars. 

Vance Park
South Central Ave.
Opposite the Art Center, an extensively landscaped sunken garden, featuring a serpentine brick wall from Thomas Jefferson’s design at Charlottesville, and a Lions’ Head fountain duplicating original park features in France. 

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