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June 2019

map-buttonThomson Depot Day
Thomson, IL

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9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. — Depot Museum Open
9:00 a.m. — Gary Arnold Memorial Bicycle Ride – Sign-Up at Arnold’s Bike Shop
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. — Art in the Park at Lions Park – Palisades Art League and other exhibitors
9:00 a.m. — ? –  Bake Sale – Library Lawn by T.A.C.O.
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. — Library Display-Aprons, old & new
9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — BINGO at the Fire Station
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. — Free Coffee & Donuts at Fire Station  – Sponsored by Thomson Lions Club
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. — Food Tent and Drinks – East of Library
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. — Little Critter Petting Zoo – Sponsored by Depot Museum at Library
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. — Pork Chop Sandwiches & More – Thomson Firemen at Municipal Building
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. — Pie and Ice Cream – by Methodist Church at Municipal Building
11:00 a.m. — Set Up for Out House Races on Main Street
Noon — Annual Donald Ashby Memorial OUTHOUSE RACES – Register Your Entry Today by picking up an entry form at the Thomson Village Hall, The York Township Public Library, The Station, Casey’s or by Calling 563-357-5357.

Bird Walk at Ingersoll Wetlands
April 13th  & 2nd Saturday of each month

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Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge are holding a bird walk on April 8th from 9am-11am.

The walks take place the 2nd Saturday of each month April – October. Participants will meet at 8:45 a.m. at the Ingersoll Wetland Learning Center located on Riverview Rd between Thomson & Savanna. Registration is required so call the Refuge office at 815-273-2732 to make your reservation and for more information them on Facebook.


Mount Carroll’s Farmer’s Market
PO Box 94
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053

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Saturday Mornings

May – October 7:00 am – 12:00 pm

Fresh produce, baked goods, plants, hand-made crafts etc.

map-buttonLanark Farmer’s Market
240 West Claremont Street
Lanark, Illinois 61046

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Tuesday Afternoons

Starts June 7th – October 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Fresh produce, demos, classes, music, food, arts and crafts, kids events and more family fun.

Mount Carroll Cruise Night
PO Box 94
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053

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June 15, 2019 4:00pm – 9:00pm

Now in our tenth year! Come to historic downtown Mount Carroll for a blast from the past. No classes or judging, just food, music, and lots of classic cars.

Lanark’s Old Settler’s Days
200 West Claremont Street
Lanark, Illinois 61046

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Friday, June 21st, Saturday June 22nd, and Sunday June 23rd

Lanark’s Annual Celebration! There is entertainment for everyone! Come enjoy the family fun!

More Coming Soon

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Carroll County Country Christmas Coming to Northwest Illinois!

Carroll County Country Christmas

Carroll County Country Christmas

Welcome to the Carroll County Country Christmas! (Formerly Called Great Route 64/84 Shop Hop). 

Join us here in Carroll County for the first two weekends in November. Get a head start on your Christmas shopping needs! For complete details and a printable brochure of the shops, restaurants, and events CLICK HERE!


Calendar of Events In and Around Carroll County

Detailed Events Schedule

See detailed monthly events schedule for 2018 here:

Up-To-The-Minute Events

For move up-to-the-minute events in, and around, Carroll County, visit Carroll County IL Tourism and What’s Happening Carroll County IL on Facebook for up-to-date events.

Barn Quilt Trail

Lanark Illinois 28032 Harvest Road (Corner of Harvest and Maple Grove Road) web

Barn Quilts of Carroll County Illinois


“The American Quilt Trail Movement” is credited to Donna Sue Groves. Much of the information gathered here is from excerpts of the book entitled “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement” written by Suzi Parron with Donna Sue Groves.

Carroll County, Illinois is very pleased to announce our participation in this movement. Our “Trail” has been organized by the Carroll County Hotel / Motel Tax Board.

Click here for our 2016 “Barn Quilt Trail” Map.

The first official quilt trail began in 2001 in Adams County, Ohio. Donna Sue Groves wanted to honor her mother, Maxine, a noted quilter, with a painted quilt square on the family’s tobacco barn in Manchester, Ohio. Although many believe that the Groves farm is home to the first barn quilt, it is not the case. The first barn quilt was an “Ohio Star” which was unveiled as part of a community celebration at a nearby herb farm. The Groves farm later became part of a trail of 20 “Barn Quilts” that formed a driving trail through Adams County. Although an emerging concept, a U.S. National Quilt Trail has rapidly spread across Ohio to Iowa, Kentucky, Kansas, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Texas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Colorado, South Dakota, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Oregon. Carroll County, Illinois is very proud to participate in this trail. British Columbia, Canada has developed a trail, and barn quilts also exist in Ontario, Canada.

There are many places on-line that you can order pre-made “Barn Quilts” or you can find complete directions on-line for making your own. On our Facebook page “Barn Quilts of Carroll County Illinois” you can also find a list of people in Carroll County who will make them for other people.

Barn quilts enhance the beauty of the countryside and are enjoyed by those who pass by. Carroll County is very fortunate to have many “Barn Quilts” already in existence throughout its countryside. Mt. Carroll resident Vivian Curley, over the last couple years has compiled information on many of the existing “Barn Quilts” in our area and we are working to compile our trail from the start of this list. We certainly would like to see “Barn Quilt Fever” continue to grow in Carroll County. Our end goal, is to promote agri-tourism and attract visitors to our rural community.

Please visit our Facebook page to see our listings of photos and information on the Carroll County Barn Quilt Trail. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/barnquiltsofcarrollcountyillinois Albums have started for each town in Carroll County and also albums for barn quilts in surrounding areas in close proximity of Carroll County.

A preliminary list has been compiled and has been published on our website and can be viewed on this page http://www.visitcarrollcountyil.com/barn-quilt-trail It is our sincere desire to verify the information we have, gather more information, and compile a more complete list. Once this task has been completed, we intend to utilize the collected information in our promotional, advertising, and marketing materials for Carroll County

Here are some things that you can do to help us complete the Carroll County Barn Quilt Trail.

  • If your barn quilt is currently listed but you prefer not to participate or wish that your information not be published, simply contact us and your information will be promptly removed from our list.
  • If you currently have a barn quilt and your information is listed correctly, please contact us and let us know all is okay.
  • If you currently have a barn quilt but your information is not listed, please contact us with all of your information and we will come and take a photo of your barn quilt and it will be added to the list. Be certain to include the address and any other information that may assist visitors in finding the specific location.
  • If you do not currently have a barn quilt but would like to participate in the “Carroll County Barn Quilt Trail”, please send us all your information and let us know when we can come and take a photo of it.

We would also like to feature the history of any of the barn quilts that are placed on historic old barns or out buildings. By answering the questions below, it will enable us to help visitors learn of the rich heritage Carroll County has to offer.

  1. How long has the property been in the family?
  2. Who purchased the property and when?
  3. When was the barn constructed?
  4. What materials were used in its construction?
  5. Was the architecture determined by the function of the barn?
  6. What was its original function?
  7. What function does it presently serve?
  8. What is the name or origin of the quilt pattern?
  9. What is the significance or symbology of the quilt pattern?

If you or anyone you know would like to share your barn quilt story with us, please contact Connie Zink at 815-565-0024 or message us through our Facebook page.

Carroll County Barn Quilt Trail (Please Click On The First Photo In Each Album To View Full Screen)

Chadwick Barn Quilts

Lanark Barn Quilts

Mount Carroll Barn Quilts 


Savanna Barn Quilts

Fall Farmers Market Fest


Featuring Divide & Conquer II and Junk in the Trunk on October 21!

The Lanark Farmers Market officially closes the last Tuesday of October during Halloween Week, but not until it hosts one of the biggest and best markets of the season.

Sponsored by the Cornucopia Committee of Lanark, you are invited to participate in the Fall Four-In-One Farmers Market Fest, set for Tuesday, October 21 in the Lanark City Park.

As usual, the LANARK FARMERS MARKET is held every Tuesday, rain or shine, in the friendly confines of the Lanark City Park. But for the last few weeks, the time has been changed from 4 to 6 p.m. Check out https://www.facebook.com/LanarkFarmersMarket for details and specials.

Rummage Sale, Plant Swap, and Pumpkins!

10433939_1458468574422544_256534963400389200_nThree other special events are also scheduled for Oct. 21. Vendors and shoppers are welcome for JUNK IN THE TRUNK TOWN RUMMAGE SALE. Fill your car with stuff to sell, then drive to the park. Back into a parking space around the park perimeter to set up shop. Pavilion space will be available for overflow. If it’s cold, a warm fire will be started in the south pavilion, and hot cocoa, cider and coffee will be available.

Also that same day, the Cornucopia Committee is hosting the very popular plant swap, Divide and Conquer II. If your garden is too overgrown and crowded, “Divide and Conquer”! It’s a great time to clean up the garden before winter, share your overstock with neighbors, and find some new plants for yourself. If you have plants that just don’t meet with your aesthetic approval anymore, or a few too many bedding plants, bring those, too. They can be recycled to someone else’s yard!

Do you have some great Heirloom varieties? Swap seeds, too. Plants can be brought in plastic pots, plastic bags, card board flats or wrapped in newspaper. For a reasonable fee, you will be able to sell or swap just about anything. Proceeds will go to more fun and flora events in 2015.

And finally, a very special Pumpkin Presentation by Master Gardener Mary LaShelle, and right before Halloween!

Speak with Cornucopia Committee members (wearing green aprons) about how you can become a vendor in 2015.

Donations are requested for all events, with proceeds used toward Cornucopia Committee projects for the betterment of Lanark.

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For more information, please contact Lee Reese at 815-275-4395, or Sheila Wyeth at 815-493-2776.

Eastland FFA Plant Sale

map-buttonEastland High School Greenhouse
500 South School Drive
Lanark, Illinois 61046


The Eastland FFA is hosting a spring Plant Sale. The dates for the plant sale are Saturday May 3rd, Sunday May 4th, Saturday May 10th, and Sunday May 11th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm in the Eastland High School Greenhouse. If anyone would like more information, they can check out our Eastland FFA Facebook Page or contact Cindy Feltmeyer, Agriculture Instructor and FFA Advisor, at 815-493-6341.

Eastland FFA is the youth agriculture leadership organization at Eastland High School. Agriculture classes are offered from 8th grade through 12th with FFA being a vital portion of what they are taught. The FFA strives to develop leaders in agriculture.

Stone Arch Bridge

Text by Alice Horner
Color Photos by Gene Stubbe


map-buttonStone Arch Bridge on the Galena Road Where Abraham Lincoln Camped
34070-34128 Chambers Road
Lanark, Illinois 61046

Almost everyone who has traveled Highway 52/64 in Carroll County between the Ogle County line and Lanark has noticed the rest stop. And they probably wondered why there would be a rest stop on a 2-lane road in Carroll County that wasn’t particularly scenic. At this rest stop is a historical marker, which also seems unusual for this part of Carroll County. But indeed it’s important, because it describes the stone arch bridge just across the road and slightly south, and claims it was very near this bridge in 1832 where Abraham Lincoln camped as a private during the Black Hawk War.

The Stone Arch Bridge, that stands to the east of the present highway, was on the Galena Road, once the most important trail in northern Illinois. Along this route innumerable people streamed northward to the lead mines near Galena every spring and many returned southward in the fall. The movement was likened to that of the fish called Sucker, from which the State received its nickname.

This portion of the road from Dixon was surveyed in 1830 as the road from Woodbine Springs to Ogee’s Ferry (later Dixon’s Ferry, now Dixon), replacing the longer 1825 Kellogg’s Trail and the 1826 Boles’ Trail. Roads from Peoria and Chicago joined at Dixon and continued as one to Galena. Mail and stagecoach lines traveled the Peoria – Galena route as early as 1830 and the Chicago – Galena route by 1834. Here the road intersected the earlier Gratiot’s Trail, which also ran from Dixon to Galena but extended farther north to avoid the rough terrain.

During the Black Hawk War in 1832, militia and regular army troops marched on both trails. Abraham Lincoln, as a private in the company of Captain Elijah Iles, camped overnight near here, June 8 and 12. As a private in the independent spy company of Jacob M. Early, Lincoln made a forced march to Kellogg’s Grove (near Kent), arriving there June 26, the day after the last battle fought in Illinois during that War.

Isaac Chambers, who was not only the first settler of Ogle County at Buffalo Grove near Polo but also of Lima Township here in Carroll County, operated a stage coach inn nearby and a sawmill on Elkhorn Creek two miles to the southeast. (From the Goodly Heritage Pg. 107)

The stone arch bridge is in Section 21 of Lima Township, and on private property. It’s not easily accessible through dense undergrowth, muddy soil and numerous brier patches. But these pictures show the bridge as it is today. Only the west arch of the bridge remains. Most of the east arch and the probably barrel vault at the roadway are gone (or perhaps covered with dirt and debris). Only the stones at the top of the east arch are visible.

It was not possible to get down into the stream bed or onto the east side of the arch. There are many more stones visible on the top of the west side of the arch.

The stones are rough hewn, and probably came from rock close at hand. There is a rock quarry just north of the site, but obviously from a more recent era and possibly still in business. How much rock outcropping was visible and accessible to stone masons of the 1830s era I don’t know. And I have found no record of who those stones masons were.


I don’t know much of the history of this bridge after Lincoln decamped. Judging from two photographs perhaps taken in the 1960’s the area surrounding this bridge has changed a lot in just fifty years. The Carroll County Historical Societies Historic Sites & Trails Map of 1967 features this black and white photo of the bridge which shows most of the bridge.

The photographer was apparently standing in the dry stream bed, facing the west side of the bridge and you can easily see through to the other side. The photo must have been taken in late autumn, because there are no leaves on the trees and there is also little vegetation near the base of the arch. Is it possible the east side of bridge could so completely fill up with soil and debris in the last fifty years?stone-arch-brigde-carroll-county-illinois-from-carroll

The other photograph is on Page 107 of “Carroll County, A Goodly Heritage,” which was published in 1968.

Presumably this photograph was also taken around 1967, but it features lots more vegetation than what shows on the 1967 map photo, although much less than there is now. This photo was taken in spring or summer but they look so different it’s hard to believe both photographs were taken within a few years or maybe even a few months of one another.

It doesn’t appear that the area immediately surrounding this bridge has ever been plowed, and perhaps not often grazed either. The test in Carroll County, A Goodly Heritage accompanying the photograph indicates the bridge can be viewed from the highway but that isn’t true now either, unless it’s visible in winter, when all the leaves are off the trees.

But seeing this site probably gives us a good idea of how the area might have looked when Lincoln camped there. Samuel Preston’s “History of Carroll County” reminds us that much of the area in 1836, which became Carroll County, was heavily forested. Lincoln and his fellow soldiers were a spy company, there to examine the countryside and look for Indians. They wouldn’t have camped out in the middle of the prairie where they would have been more easily seen, and they camped in the summer, when there was plenty of vegetation. Presumably there were few travelers along the road, owing not just to the early time but to the fact that the Black Hawk War was being fought just thirty miles to the North.

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Picket Fence Florals


Picket Fence
407 East Franklin Street
Lanark, Illinois 61046


Proprietor: Lynn Collins

Picket Fence is a quaint Carriage House shop open for seasonal shows three times each year. We have a spring show in April, a fall show in September, and a holiday show for each weekend in November.shopping-carroll-county-illinois-picket-fence-florals-logo

2014 Show Dates
Friday and Saturday, April 4 & 5
Friday and Saturday, April 11 & 12
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 29, 30, 31
Friday and Saturday, September 5 & 6
Fridays and Saturdays in November

Many local artisans display in our shop and greet customers during our open weekends. Features include seasonal home décor with lots of twigs, lighted branches, burlap, berries, lighted canvases, garden décor, fabric purses and table runners, vintage framed art, hand painted inspirational signs, hair fascinators, pen and pencil art, soy candles, and homemade soaps and lotions. All are displayed in fun vignettes for the season!

Picket Fence is in its 14th year and still growing! Highlights include Pie on the Porch on the Friday and Saturday of Labor Day weekend, fabulously decorated Christmas trees at our holiday show, and beautiful gardens accenting a Victorian home surrounded by a yellow picket fence. We invite customers at our fall show to stroll the gardens! We offer homemade cookies and hot/cold beverage at all of our shows.

I (Lynn) was born in Milledgeville, went to law school, practiced law in Rockford, and moved to Lanark with my husband, Keith, a veterinarian in Milledgeville. We both enjoy gardening, our Victorian home, and very much appreciate life in a small town where we have raised two sons, the youngest about to enter college. I cannot count how many times on a weekly basis I am grateful for being part of a small, caring community where folks know and watch out for each other. Carroll County is a great place to live, raise a family, and own a business!


County Facts

Illinois-carroll-county-ilCarroll County Illinois is located in Northwestern Illinois along the banks of the Mississippi River. With gentle rolling hills and lush countryside, Carroll County is a great escape from the concrete and asphalt of the big cities. According to the 2010 census, Carroll County has a population of 15,387. The county seat is Mount Carroll. Although this may seem like a strange fact, the county has only one stop light, which is located in Savanna at the intersection of Routes 64 and 84.

Carroll County has a total area of 466.36 square miles, of which 444.81 square miles (or 95.38%) is land and 21.55 square miles (or 4.62%) is water. Mississippi Palisades State Park is located in this county, just north of the city of Savanna. Additionally, the Savanna Army Depot is located partly in this county.

Adjacent Counties

Jo Daviess County – northwest
Stephenson County – northeast
Ogle County – east
Whiteside County – south
Clinton County, Iowa – southwest (across the Mississippi River)
carroll-county-il-population-historyjackson County, Iowa – west (across the Mississippi River)

National Protected Area
Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge

Major Highways

US Route 52
Illinois Route 40
Illinois Route 64
Illinois Route 72
Illinois Route 73
Illinois Route 78
Illinois Route 84

Carroll County includes these three cities:

Mount Carroll

Carroll County includes these four villages:



Census Age Pyramid

Carroll County is divided into these twelve townships:

Cherry Grove-Shannon
Elkhorn Grove
Mount Carroll
Rock Creek-Lima


Climate Chart

School Districts

Chadwick-Milledgeville Community Unit School District 399
Eastland Community Unit School District 308
West Carroll Community Unit School District 314

Political Districts

Illinois 16th Congressional District
State House District 71
State House District 89
State Senate District 36
State Senate District 45

Climate and Weather
In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Mount Carroll have ranged from a low of 7 °F in January to a high of 85 °F in July. Although, a record low of −31 °F was recorded in January 1910 and a record high of 108 °F was recorded in July 1936. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.43 inches in January to 4.77 inches in June.

Notable People

  • Willis J. Bailey – United States Representative from Kansas and the 16th Governor of Kansas, born in Carroll County and Mount Carroll High School.
  • Samuel James Campbell – banker and philanthropist, born in Mount Carroll.
  • Charles Carroll – wealthy landowner and politician from Maryland, who signed the Declaration of Independence. Carroll, who died in 1832, was the last signer to die and is the county’s namesake.
  • Isaac Chambers – the first settler in the county.
  • Dale Gardner – former NASA astronaut, born in Savanna.
  • Wayne King – “America’s Waltz King”, musician, songwriter, singer, and orchestra leader, born in Savanna.
  • “Pete” Morris Elmer Lister –  Major League Baseball first baseman, who played for the Cleveland Naps during the 1907 season, born in Savanna.
  • Howard Kyle – (nee Vandergrift) noted actor, Union School class of 1879 valedictorian, grew up in Mount Carroll.
  • Suzanna W. Miles – archaeologist, anthropologist, ethnohistorian and Mayanist, born in Mount Carroll.
  • Ward Miller – outfielder for the five Major League Baseball teams, born in Mount Carroll.
  • Edward Seyfarth – inventor of an early ear piercing gun patented in 1880.
  • Neta Snook – pioneer woman aviator and aviation instructor, born in Mount Carroll.
  • Emmert L. Wingert – Wisconsin Supreme Court justice, born in Mount Carroll.
  • Billy Zoom – (Tyson Kindell) an American guitarist, best known as one of the founders of the punk rock band X, born in Savanna.

Notable Students of Shimer College in Mount Carroll

  • Robert Keohane – political scientist and noted author, grew up in Mount Carroll before attending Shimer.
  • Daniel Perlman – president of Suffolk University and president of Webster University.
  • Phoebe Snow – singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known for her chart-topping 1975 hit “Poetry Man”.
  • Laurie Spiegel – composer whose most recent accolades are her work in the movie ‘The Hunger Games’.
  • Mary Wings – writer, artist, and musician.
  • Catherine “Cat” Yronwode – writer, editor, graphic designer, typesetter, publisher with an extensive career in the comic book industry.

Additional Resources:

Carroll County Fair
Official Website of Carroll County Government
National Register of Historic Places in Carroll County, Illinois