April 10th, 2014
Coal mining has happened in Christian County Illinois beginning in the late 1800′s and is accompanied by a rich and varied history which ranges from outright violence to extreme benevolence and all points in between. Many people have written about it but two stand out. One is Carl Oblinger who wrote “Divided Kingdom” which treats the coal mine wars of the 1930′s in Taylorville and Christian County Illinois. This Doctoral Thesis is based on a compilation of interviews of surviving miners and spouses pointing up the struggle between the United Mine Workers and the Progressive Mine Workers of America to represent the miners in this area. Later yet, a history teacher, Kevin Corley, mined the rich archives of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum to create a fictional piece portraying the lives of mining families during those turbulent times entitled, “16 Tons”. Kevin Corley will speak to the Friends of the Library Thursday, April 17, 2014 beginning at 7:00 PM. This lecture is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided. This writer and his wife were born and reared in Taylorville, IL and have seen many years of people trying to sweep this era under the rug and keep it out of sight. Martial Law was invoked and the Illinois National Guard took up residence to control violence. I feel that when you have lemons you should make lemonade and would like to see recurring reenactments of some of the events which took place on our National Registry Historic Square. We hope your “Historic Bug” bites you and you plan to attend this and other such events at the Taylorville Public Library.
Market Street Inn Bed & Breakfast
As luck would have it, Thursday, April 12, 2014 is the first Pork Chop Dinner of the season by Taylorville Main Street. This event is held on the South Side of the National Historic Registry Taylorville Square. The pork chop is massive and is accompanied with sides and is charcoal grilled onsite next to the drive through lane. If you are a guest at our inn we invite you to pick up your dinner about 5 PM and consume it in our dining room and then go to the Coal Mining presentation.
January 22nd, 2014
WHIRLPOOL ROOM WITH FIREPLACE. 20% OFF WHEN TWO (2) CONSECUTIVE NIGHTS ARE BOOKED. This special includes a complimentary bottle of wine and elegant candlelight breakfast at fireside. There are 7 whirlpool rooms with fireplaces so book early to avoid disappointment. Find your room www.marketstreetinn.com and call direct 217-824-7220 to receive 20% discount. Such a sweet deal for any weekend or weekdays during the entire month
January 7th, 2014
The elegant Market Street Inn has been pleasing lovers for 20 years–1994 – 2014. Stay any 2 consecutive nights in February and receive a 20% discount in a whirlpool room with a fireplace. To celebrate our 20th anniversary, a complimentary bottle of wine is being offered. Book early to avoid disappointment—must call direct at 800.500.1466 or 217.824.7220.
November 24th, 2013
Celebrating the birth of Christ was the beginning of the holiday and it surely has grown and evolved over the centuries. There is a lot of joy in bringing your loved ones out to the country to select and cut your own fresh tree to grace your home for the season. Engdale Christmas Tree Farms in Taylorville, Illinois is the place for you to come to pick out and cut your own tree. Engdale grows Scotch Pines at their farm here but some folks want White Pines or Fraser Firs.
Look for this sign along with our directions
The friendly folks at Engdale Farms recognize this and import trees which do not grow well here, but they take exceptional care to insure that your pre-cut tree is as fresh as possible. All imported trees are certified Michigan Fresh trees and were NOT cut before November 1. Most of the pre-cut trees you may see on tree lots were cut well before November 1 and have aged considerably before getting to your local sales point. Engdale offers you only the freshest trees available. Things are generally more reasonably priced out here in the country and your fresh cut or pre-cut tree from Engdale Christmas Tree Farms will probably be less expensive than those you find in the city. Engdale Christmas Tree Farms will open for tree cutting and tree sales on November 30, 2013. Be sure to bring your own saw.
Here at the Market Street Inn Bed and Breakfast, just about 5 minutes from Engdale Christmas Tree Farms, we have beautifully appointed guest rooms for you to enjoy when you come here to spend a night or two while taking in the sites and picking out your Christmas tree. We have fireplaces and nice warm beverages for you to sip and enjoy. We have whirlpool tubs for two for you and your loved one to relax and reconnect in. For years folks have come here for a family outing to stay and pick out their tree. We have a discount for your two or more night stay. We are decorated for Christmas and wish to share it with you. By the way, we are open for touring on December 6 & 7, 2013 for the Taylorville Christmas Tour of Homes.
October 31st, 2013
Christmas is fast approaching and the dates for the Annual Christmas Tour of Homes for 2013 is Friday and Saturday, December 6 & 7. This year, the Market Street Inn Bed and Breakfast Main House will be open for touring along with the other homes on tour. We invite you to come to Historic Taylorville Illinois and attend the Christmas Tour of Homes for 2013. Actually, you should book your stay and your visit to allow you to attend the Springfield Singers Acapella performance on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at the Presbyterian Church just two short blocks from our inn. Come one, come all and get in the Christmas Spirit.
July 22nd, 2013
BBQ, Music, Sand Volleyball and Thirst Quenchers! Saturday, July 27, 2013 is the date for the Christian County Smokin’ Music Fest and Backyard BBQ Contest at the Christian County Fairgrounds. For more info and Entry Forms visit http://www.christiancountyfair.com/.
Register to cook, come out and ask to be a judge, taste what the cooks have turned out, listen to the music, quench your thirst, and register at 9 AM to play Sand Volleyball.
Taylorville, IL is a few minutes off Historic US 66 and has a rich history harking back to when the community was established by fur trappers.
Christian County Agricultural Fair | WELCOME
July 17th, 2013
10 days of harness racing, society horse shows, exhibits of animals, flowers, crafts, Illinois wine tasting, carnival in Happy Hollow, the 1000 # butter cow (created each year now for 75 + years), performers such as Toby Keith and ARCA Racing on the final day. Go to the state fair website for details http://www.agr.state.il.us/isf/gstand/. Stay at the Market Street Inn just 35 minutes away. Mention the state fair for a discount on multiple nights stay.
July 9th, 2013
This time of year counties all over America have their fairs. The purpose originally was to display prized crops and animals and to sell specially bred animal stock to others whose herds needed true bloodlines. Of course there evolved the fun aspect as well. The fun part is the rides, games, talent shows, demolition derbys, entertainment, food and more. Come to Taylorville, IL July 9, 2013 through Sunday, July 14, 2013 and enjoy the fun. Check the fair out at the following address: http://www.christiancountyfair.com/
July 1st, 2013
Are you a golfer? On Friday, July 12, 2013, the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will host a golf outing at Taylorville Lake Shore Golf Course. The fun begins at 12 Noon with Registration and Lunch with a 1 PM Shotgun Start of a 4 person scramble. At 5 PM gather back at the clubhouse for dinner and prizes. Organize your own foursome or register as a single and get assigned to a makeup foursome. The entry fee is $85 per person. All proceeds go toward the purchase of Bone Density Machine and an upgrade of the TMH Auditorium Kitchen. Call Debbie Johnson @
217-824-1677. If you are coming from out of town you should plan to stay with us.
Men, bring you wives along and turn them loose to have fun in Taylorville or nearby Springfield. Ladies, bring the guys along and your innkeeper will happily direct them to a local “Husband Day Care Center” or other activities. Stay with us for two (2) consecutive nights and we will impose a discount on your King or Queen Bedded Whirlpool Room amounting to 20%.
June 25th, 2013
The Bloomington Gold Corvette Show will be held on the grounds surrounding the University of Illinois Assembly Hall and in the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign. It will be on June 27-30, 2013, and every year after that through 2017.
If you are a fan of Corvettes the place for you to visit June 27 thru 30,2013 is Champaign, IL where the event known as Bloomington Gold will happen. Lodging will be tight and you might need to drive a few miles out. The Market Street Inn is located just 80 minutes +/- from the event site and is mostly 4 lane. Check our room availability and plan to stay for at least 2 nights and ask for our Corvette Special for this weekend. While you are at it you can check our the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and also just relax a bit.
Bring your golf clubs and play a round at Taylorville Lake Shore Golf Course rated 4.5 by Golf Digest. Bring your bicycle and ride the Lincoln Prairie Bike Trail. Bring your rod and reel and fish Lake Taylorville or Sangchris Lake. Bring your best friend relax and reconnect.
For more information on Bloomington Gold please go to the attached link: http://www.news-gazette.com/arts-entertainment/local/2011-12-20/corvette-show-coming-champaign-2013.html