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Attractions in Monticello, Illinois:


Monticello Railway Museum

Visit Monticello Railway Museum, ride the train and checkout the display cars that include a Pullman and post office car. Open every Saturday and Sunday May through October. Featuring a variety of special events - check out the schedule of events

401 Steam Engine rides during special events.





 Allerton Park and Retreat Center

Explore Allerton Park, hike the trails, stroll the formal gardens filled with museum quality sculptures and step back in time in the 1500 acre English estate and mansion which now serves as a retreat center.
The park is open daily 8 a.m. to sunset with no admission fee. The Georgian Mansion, now used as a retreat center, hosting groups from all over the world. Allerton Park is located 3.5 miles west of Monticello.




The Lincoln Connection

Looking for Lincoln

Monticello is a Looking for Lincoln Story Trail Community with three storyboards. Monticello and Piatt County were part of Lincoln's 8th Judical Circuit. Discover life as Lincoln knew it, as a friend, a lawyer and politician.

Abraham Lincoln - Bryant Cottage

In nearby Bement visit Bryant Cottage, a state historic site and the site Lincoln and Douglas met to plan their famed debates in 1858. Bryant Cottage has three Story Trail signs.

Check with the cottage for hours - (217) 678-8184.



Story Trail signs
 in Bement and Monticello. 
Each story trail sign has a
unique brass rubbing medallion.

 Abraham Lincoln practiced law and spoke in Monticello many times in the 1850s. Monticello Story Trail signs are located at Rotary Park, S.E. corner of Courthouse Square, downtown Wabash Depot, and Monticello Railway Museum. 

 Courthouse Square



Courthouse Square, a National Historic District, invites you to visit.  Unique shops, restaurants, award winning art galleries and businesses Courthouse Square is an experience that you and your friends will want to enjoy, remember and visit often. A variety of fun events are held in the Courthouse Square area - check the calendar for dates.







Historic Districts

Monticello has two residential Historic Districts featuring a variety of architectural styles. The South Charter Street and North State Street districts are both within walking distance from the downtown. Walking tour information is available at the Visitor Center located in the downtown Wabash Depot.




Eli Field

 Eli Field is open and hosts a number of events for RC enthusiasts.

Monticello Airport - Piatt County Airport

Located just south of Monticello off Kratz Road, Monticello Airport is a public airport that serves the local area with a turf runway. The runways are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Operated by Sage Air, Inc. For more infomation call (217) 762-9091.




Upcoming Monticello Events  

Farmers Market - downtown Monticello
Thursdays 3-6pm June 20-Sept.
August 2, 2013
Concert at Allerton
August 2, 2013
Movie at Burke Park
August 17, 2013
Movie on the Square
August 17-18, 2013
Steam Train Rides
August 29-Sept. 2, 2013
Allerton Music Barn


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