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May 2019

Updates coming soon for an exciting season of Summer Theatre at Timberlake Playhouse


Bird Walk at Ingersoll Wetlands

May 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

Saturday Mornings
May – October 7:00 am – 12:00 pm

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


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

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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


“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

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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?

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Sand Burr Run

A Carroll County Illinois Destination Golf Course



Sand Burr Run
5020 Illinois Route 84
Thomson, Illinois 61285


Looking for a great place to stay during your visit to Carroll County, Illinois? We’ve got you covered! Sandburr Run Golf Course & Resort (formerly known as Bucks Barn Hotel) is a recently renovated motel six miles south of Savanna, Illinois and three miles north of Thomson. Whether you’re a biker planning a visit to one of Illinois’ biggest biker destinations, a golfer looking for a weekend getaway, or just a traveler passing through, we’d love to have you stay with us. We’ve added a thirty four foot long bar that features a wide variety of beers and liquors. Our motel has forty-four rooms. The featured rooms at Sandburr Run are the “King Suites”. However, the “Double Queen” rooms are equally clean and comfortable. We take pride in treating all of our guests like family! If there is anything you may need at all, we will do our very best to accommodate you. All our employees are here to ensure you have a great and safe time during your stay with us. For availability and room rates please call 815-902-6063, or contact us through our Contact Form.

Our expected open date for the golf course is July 15th, 2014. We have the original 9 holes of Sandburr Run Golf Course (formerly known as Lynwood Links). We offer competitive membership and green fees. Watch for details as we get closer to completing the new golf course.

Sandburr Run is located on the former Curley Farm. In 1976. the Curley’s decided to quit growing watermelons and start a restaurant. They remodeled the barn into a restaurant and turned their field into a golf course and subdivision. They successfully operated Buck’s Barn until 1984. Many people were interested in purchasing the thriving business and the Curley’s hand selected Jack Viviani to continue what they had started.

Mr. Viviani hails from the Quad Cities with much experience in the restaurant business. Within five years, he added banquet rooms to the restaurant, new kitchen, the back 9 on the golf course, and the Hotel where we sit today. He also had a beautiful classic car collection on display, along with a National Champion Miniature Horse stable. Mr. Viviani successfully owned and operated the locally famous resort until 2000.

This historical location possesses a wonderful past, full of great memories, laughter, and enjoyment. We at Sandburr Run & Resort are delighted to bring this place back to life and continue to make new memories, here, on the Curley farm!

Argo Acres

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Argo Acres
16295 Argo Fay Road
Thomson, Illinois 61285


Proprietors: Dennis & Diane Etnyre

We grow a wide assortment of fruits and vegetables that we sell at our farm stand in Argo Fay and at Lyons Farmers Market in Clinton, Iowa. April-June: Early in the season we have asparagus, rhubarb, strawberries plus early season greens and vegetables. These are usually sold by order. July-November: Our farm stand opens daily in July with the start of green beans, sweet corn, and tomato harvest; and remains open through November with pumpkins, squash, gourds, and Indian corn. We also have apples, red raspberries, melons, and other seasonal vegetables. The only times we close are Wednesdays at 3:00 PM while at the farmers market and Saturday mornings. We open Saturday at 1:00. Otherwise we remain open. Produce is picked fresh daily.

Our children were active in 4H, FFA, and showed produce at local fairs. For more than twenty years, we’ve grown what we sell and it’s fresh from the garden, not shipped in. Not only is it nutritious, but our produce has that great homegrown taste, which both local customers and visitors enjoy.

The greatest challenge of operating our business is growing a constant supply with multiple plantings and extending the growing season. Of course, each year the weather presents various unpredictable challenges. Nevertheless, Carroll County features a great rural atmosphere with many neat people. We enjoy what we do and like meeting with the people that stop.


Hotels & Motels



Bridgewater Inn
116 E Market Street
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053

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Bridgewater Inn continues the extensive restoration taking on character all its own. With the help and support of Linda and Len Anderson of The Mad Hatter’s Ideas N’ Designs the great antique furniture is finding a new home here at the Inn.
With all the great events moving forward we wanted to have as many accommodations available so travelers could enjoy the rich Mount Carroll experience many have come to enjoy and love.

Knights Inn Thomson
(formerly The Executive Inn)

800 One Mile Road
Thomson, Illinois 61285
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Thomson is a quaint northwestern Illinois village and you’ll enjoy a stay at our Knights Inn Thomson hotel. Conveniently located off Route 84, we offer welcoming amenities such as free WiFi and parking, as well as comfortable accommodations outfitted with everything you need plus we are pet friendly. Our non-smoking property is a short distance from the Mississippi River, Mississippi Palisades State Park, and the 60-mile Great River Trail—popular with hikers and bikers. We also offer easy access to DuPont, the United States Penitentiary in Thomson, and Clinton, Iowa.

Sandburr Run Resort
5020 Illinois Route 84
Thomson, Illinois 61285
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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
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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

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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

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)
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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

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