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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!

Events

Calendar of Events In and Around Carroll County


Detailed Events Schedule

See detailed monthly events schedule for 2017 here:
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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

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Barn Quilts of Carroll County Illinois

WHAT IS YOUR BARN QUILT STORY

“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

Shannon’s Hometown Christmas

Christmas-Town

“2014 Hometown Christmas”
Friday, Nov. 21 st & Saturday, Nov. 22 nd

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Download a Printable PDF Christmas Parade Entry Form Here!

Hometown Christmas Traditional Events

  • Shannon Lions Chili & Soup Supper – At the Fire Station, Friday 4:30pm–7pm
  • Visit with Santa and Live Reindeer – At the Fire Station, Friday 5pm-7pm
  • Kids Create an ornament to hang on the Community Christmas Tree – At the Fire Station, Friday 4:30pm-7pm
  • Lighting of the Community Christmas Tree – In the Park, Friday 7:30
  • Lighted Christmas Parade – Friday 7:45pm (rain date – Nov. 22 nd ) Start at EMS (west), past the park to South Street, to Linn, to Bradshaw, to Hickory, back to EMS
  • Hot Chocolate & Cookies – In the Park before & during the Parade

Homes & Crafters

  1. Blarney Stone Popcorn & Gifts – 2 W. Market. – 20+ flavors of popcorn, coffees, Keurig single serve. Galena Canning Co. items, napkins on sale. Many great gifts. Fri. 9am–8pm, Sat. 9am–6pm
  2. The Shannon Café – 29 E. Market – Daily specials, home style cooking, soups, salads & desserts. Sunday smorgasbord (last Sunday of month) Café hours-Tues-Thurs 6am-9pm Sun 7am-2pm
  3. Family Tree Creations – 409 S. Walnut. Primitive, folk art, wreaths, Felted wool mittens, crocheted kids hats, snowmen, fall Fri. 9am–5:00pm, Sat. 9am–3pm
  4. Christmas at Cindy’s – 209 S. Chestnut. Hand painted items, decorated trees, photo cards, sewn creations. Bake shop featuring cinnamon rolls, cookies, specialty breads. Fri. 8:30am–6pm, Sat. 8:30am–2pm
  5. Christmas Gatherings  – 201 S. Hickory (Wesley Chapel). Marge’s peanut brittle, cookies, candies. Lynn’s handmade crafts, appliqued towels, table runners, Nola’s pies, fudge, divinity, cutout cookies Fri. 9am–5pm, Sat. 9am–2pm
  6. Christmas in the Village – 501 S Walnut – Amy’s Fascinators & Pins, Rachel’s Pen & Ink Plates & Birchwood Snowmen, candles, bath & body, handmade purses, decorated wreaths & trees, Inspired Whimsically Fri.9am-5pm Sat.9am-2pm
  7. Dollinger Tree Farm – 23882 Payne Rd. – Gift shop, Tree trims, Order wreath & cemetery decorations, Christmas trees. Door prizes. Complementary Enticements hot cider and treats Fri. & Sat. 8am–5pm
  8. Trailside General Store & Gifts – 2 mi. West of Rt. 72 & Rt. 73 on Zier Rd. – Enjoy a Cappuccino, save with our $5 lunch specials, 25% off all holiday trim & décor. Fri. & Sat. 6:30 am–9 pm
  9. Silver Moon Winery -21305 Zier Rd. Wine, accessories, imported olive oils & balsamic vinegars. Sat 12-5pm, Sunday 12pm–3pm (Sat & Sun apply through December 14 th No Friday’s) www.silvermoonwineryinc.com
  10. Holiday Celebration with the Pannkuk’s – 210 S Chestnut- Unique solar light designs, homemade goodies and NEW this year- Pallet Art. A must stop location. Fri. 8am-5pm Sat. 8am-3pm
  11. Je’Rod’s Bar&Grill – Stop in try our delicious burgers, Our customers say they are the best around Fri/Sat11am-10pm
  12. Hot Chocolate House – 317 Sunrise Drive – Christmas crafts, baked goods, pies ,cookies, breads & cinnamon rolls Fri 8-5pm Sat. 8-3pm
  13. Noordhoff’s Nook – 302 E Sunrise Drive – Celebrate a handmade holiday! Decorative wine bottles, wood crafts, homemade egg noodles, baked goods, cookies in a jar, crocheted dish clothes, & more! Fri 8:30-6:30pm/Sat 8:30-3pm
  14. 2 Ol Putzers – 201 S. Hickory (Wesley Chapel) – Hand painted items, ornaments, wood firemen. Fisherman, decorated gift bags. Fri. 9am–5pm, Sat. 9am–2pm
  15. Wirtjes Agency – 106 W Market – Christmas at the Office: Baked goods, homemade jelly, Handmade candles, unique gifts, lotions, and much more!! Many gifts ideas under $20 Fri. 9-5pm Sat. 9-3pm
  16. Shear Elegance & Mary Kay – 118 E Division – Mary Kay, gifts & gift ideas, Visit our salon & sample our products. Don’t forget to register to win a facial or pedicure. Fri- 9-6pm Sat. 9-3pm
  17. Shannon Fire Station – 14 S Hickory – over 20 Crafters all in the same location. Hours: Fri 9am-7pm & Sat 9am-3pm.

1. L-BRI by Vickie Beyer – Natural Aloe Vera based skin care- health and wellness products

2. Crafts by Bonnie Miles – Purses, aprons, table mats, quilts, pillow cases, potholders for bowls, other textiles

3. Crafts by Beverly Hayunga – Crotchet towels and other Christmas items, solar lights, shelving, and wall hangers.

4. Creatively Yours – Ruth Fagan & Diane VanRaden Bake goods, Christmas Crafts, Homemade Candy, honey, homemade jams, fleece baby blankets

5. Mary Kay – Jeannette Murray – Skin Care packed with multiple benefits. Special offers you don’t want to miss.

6. Pretty Stitches – Brett & Elayne Sivertsen- Custom apparel, gift decoration, custom made shirts for Eastland

7. Bake goods by Jackie Brown – baked items, breads, cookies, coffee cakes, crafts

8. Scentsy – Sherry Burke- Fragrance a safe way to scent your environment.

9. Crafts by Dee – Table runners, placemats, lots of crafts and seasonal items

10. Vera Adams – Handmade Bibs, towels, dish rags

11. Candy’s Crafts & More – Candy Curran Assorted crafts

12. Bonnie’s Brittles – Various types of brittles made extra thin. Spanish peanut, pecan, homemade cashew, black walnut, phopsuey.

13. Eastland Cheerleaders – Face painting, Eastland & EPC Apparel

14. Jewelry & Crafts by Dorie, Norm & Ardith –  Hand-cut stones, Handmade jewelry, crafts, cinnamon rolls

15. FAB JC with Inspired Creations – hand woven jewelry

16. Cindy’s Crocheted Creations – Character hats, infinity scarfs, Brim hats, boot cuff, collar scarfs, headbands

17. Crafts by Diane – Plastic canvas, crochet scarfs and other crafts

18. D’z Treats & Cards by Mary – Mixers in jars-handmade goodies, handmade greeting cards

19. Beads by Bonnie – Unique items made with beads and safety pins

20. Body works by Brenda – Brenda Moll- Chair Massages

21. Izzy Rose Boutique – American Girl doll clothes, children’s aprons, Upcycled mittens, etc. Bags all handmade

22. Alpca It Up-Kelly Miller – Socks, hats, gloves, items to warm you!

23. Dee’s Delights – Jams and Salsa’s

Jackie Brown & Family will be serving lunch at the fire station 11am-2pm.

Shannon Chamber of Commerce 150 yr. Shannon Memorabilia books- Special Pricing. Available @ Eastland Cheerleaders Booth@ Fire Station/ Blarney Stone/ First State Bank Shannon

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Download a Printable PDF Christmas Parade Entry Form Here!

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We need your assistance to inform local residents, business owners, and community groups about our website and the services we offer FREE of charge! We sincerely wish to promote, publicize, and advertise local businesses, attractions, events, and the communities of Carroll County, Illinois.

If it’s happening anywhere in the county, we want to know about it! If local businesses, service providers, and organizations are paying to advertise in the local newspapers, then why not advertise with us for free?

Please encourage everyone to get involved! Simply email your ad and information to us at visitcarrollcountyil@gmail.com or

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Teresa Hammer Photography

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Teresa Hammer Photography
2 East Market Street
Shannon, Illinois 61078
815-275-0950

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Proprietor: Teresa Hammer

Like many moms, photography became an interest after my first child was born. In 2011, I started Teresa Hammer Photography. God has given me this gift and has made my business what it is. I am blessed by the doors He has opened for me to pursue this love. I am thankful for the family and friends who have believed in me and encouraged me.

In the studio or at a location of your choice,  I love to see God’s vision for your family, in all stages of life. I love to capture the connections between parents and children, engaged couples, or the fresh new life a baby brings. I like to have fun at every photo session and get the standard posed shots as well.

My husband, Joe Jr, and I have lived in the Shannon and Lanark area for most of our lives. We love the history and beauty in Carroll County. There is a large sense of community. You know your neighbors and everyone helps out.

Grace-filled Designs

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101 South Hickory Street
Shannon, Illinois 61078
815-206-9651

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Proprietor: Amanda Sue Kaney

Grace-filled Designs was created to bring God’s Word into people’s homes through beautiful hand-painted designs. I, Amanda Sue Kaney, started out on this journey after painting and designing many pieces of wall art for my own home and the homes of my family and friends. The Lord has blessed me with the desire to paint and craft, and I know the journey He has led me on with Grace-filled Designs is long from over. It’s such a blessing to work out of my home and create custom pieces for individuals. I will continue to lean on the Lord for guidance and inspiration as I create pieces, and my prayer is that people will be inspired, encouraged, and blessed through each of the pieces I’ve created.

grace-filled-designs-logoAbout a year ago, I started this business as a part-time job for extra income, but also to be a blessing to others and enjoy what I’m doing. Everything I create is hand-painted, not stenciled, and personalized for each individual. People, that desire to be filled with God’s grace and His goodness as they walk through life, are particularly interested in my work.

I grew up in German Valley. My husband and I relocated to Carroll County for his career. My husband, Aaron Kaney, is the Assistant States Attorney for Carroll County. What we love most about Carroll County is the small town atmosphere. Everyone knows everyone and there’s a sense of security that comes along with that. Your neighbors wave at you on the street and everyone is willing to lend a helping hand if you need it.

What I’ve learned most on my journey with Grace-filled Designs is that God has a great plan for your life. If you follow the desires He has placed in your heart, He will bless you for it. For more information about Grace-filled Designs, check out our Facebook page where you can keep up to date with our latest designs… and participate in our monthly giveaways!

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Hotels & Motels

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Executive Inn
800 One Mile Road
Thomson, Illinois 61285
815-259-7378
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Clean rooms and great rates! 40-unit motel. All rooms have microwave and refrigerator and laundromat. Whirlpool suite and extended stays available. Great place to stay while fishing or hunting in northwest Illinois – just 1/2 mile to the Mississippi River and just off the Great River Bike Trail. View the bald eagles. Pets welcome and free WiFi.


Sandburr Run Resort
5020 Illinois Route 84
Thomson, Illinois 61285
815-902-6063
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Looking for a great place to stay during your visit to Carroll County, Illinois? They’ve got you covered! Sandburr Run Golf Course & Resort is a renovated motel six miles south of Savanna, Illinois and three miles north of Thomson.


Seven Eagles Resort & Campground
9734 Route 84
Savanna, Illinois 61074
815-273-7301
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Seven Eagles RV Park and Campground is located on Spring Lake close to the Mississippi River in Carroll County Illinois just south of Savanna Illinois. With all new electric, sewer and water at each site you can be assured of an affordable, relaxing experience in camping.

If you’re wanting a fun weekend getaway, try out one of their cozy log cabins. Kids and adults alike will enjoy their private pond stocked with fish,then take a swim in their heated pool or you can ride the paddle boat around the pond just for fun.

If you like nature, fishing and privacy, Seven Eagles RV Park and Campground in beautiful Carroll County Illinois can be your perfect vacation or weekend getaway.


Trailside Inn
21-78 Lake Carroll Blvd
Lake Carroll, Illinois 61046
815-493-8484
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Enjoy panoramic country views from any of their 12 comfortable rooms. All include TV, A/C, refrigerator, microwave, hair dryers and complimentary continental breakfast. Jacuzzi/fireplace rooms. Browse through the General Store and Gift Loft or enjoy a fun game of mini golf. Two miles west of Route 73. Free WiFi.



County Facts

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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.

Geography
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)
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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

Cities
Carroll County includes these three cities:

Lanark
Mount Carroll
Savanna

Villages
Carroll County includes these four villages:

Chadwick
Milledgeville
Shannon
Thomson

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Census Age Pyramid

Townships
Carroll County is divided into these twelve townships:

Cherry Grove-Shannon
Elkhorn Grove
Fairhaven
Freedom
Mount Carroll
Rock Creek-Lima
Salem
Savanna
Washington
Woodland
Wysox
York

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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