|Anstead Family Reunions||
A bit more of a drive, but fun to do
Exploring the endless 1500 acres with its forests, flower gardens, sculptured hedges, and statuaries from around the world. Features a Georgian mansion and an extensive animal population, former home of Robert Allerton, now owned by the University of Illinois. About a 40-minute drive. 217-762-2721.
Monticello Railway Museum Depot.
Tour the display cars and explore many vintage pieces of railroad equipment. Or, climb aboard one of the historic passenger coaches or cabooses for a 50-minute round trip through the Piatt County countryside. Ride the train into Monticello, enjoy lunch at the Brown Bag (a short walk from the downtown station) and ride the train back to the depot. This is a wonderful excursion for railway buffs! The depot is about 15 minutes west of Champaign. 1-800-952-3396.
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site.
The home of Abraham Lincoln's father and stepmother, Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln, includes the reconstructed Lincoln cabin and 1840's living history farm. A 1-1/2 hour drive. Lerna, IL; 217-345-7041.
Many Lincoln sites, including his home and grave. See the state capital, a beautiful work of architecture. Don’t miss the Dana Thomas House, one of architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpieces. A 1-1/2 hour drive.
"The Heart of the Illinois Amish Country," established in 1865 by a handful of families, has grown to over 3,000 members. The Amish work rich farmland of the area with six to eight horse hitches, and horse-drawn, black buggies are a common sight. Business district is filled with a variety of gift shops, fine clothing stores, unique craft shops, furniture shops and several restaurants. 45 minute drive. 1-800-72AMISH
A 15-acre theme park nestled in the heart of Illinois' largest Old Order Amish settlement. 45 minute drive. 1-800-549-ROCK.
On the way to Arthur, features an abundance
of outlet shopping. 30 minutes.