The Williams Family, who traveled from all over the US and from Spain and Scotland to spend an early Christmas with each other at
our Central Illinois Inn. What fun to have 23 fun folks gathering in our commons areas to reacquaint with one another, tell stories of happenings since seeing each other last, telling the patriarch that he is going to be a grandfather once again and playing with and loving on the little children. Patriarch Williams will be 89 in January 2011 and is sharp and spry as is Matriarch Williams.
As innkeepers, we found it much fun to watch, listen and attempt to anticipate the wants and needs of the various members of all ages. At breakfast on Saturday, one of the sisters-in-law gave one of our innkeepers a test on the names of everyone at the table. He passed the test.
Every Saturday morning, the Clock Keeper of our Courthouse Clock will take anyone who is waiting about 8 AM at the South Door of the Christian County Courthouse up into the clocktower while he winds the 7 Day Clock which faces the 4 points of the compass. The Clock Keeper is also very intimate with the engineering and architecture of the Christian County Courthouse and the changes which have been made in the past couple of years. He tells folks about the restoration of the art glass dome, the false ceiling which was removed to expose it once again to view from below and the removal of the second floor center to provide a view from the first floor all the way up.
The Clock Keeper also tells folks about the restored Tern and Bittern fountain on the Southwest Lawn and the 4 year old, bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln and the “pig story” on the Northwest Lawn. The entire Williams Family enjoyed the small town hospitality which happens here in Taylorville in Central Illinois.
We hope you come back someday, Williams Family.