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Christian County Coal Mining

Thursday, 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

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.


SWEETHEART SPECIAL–February 1 – 28

Wednesday, 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


SWEETHEART Special February, 2014

Tuesday, 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.


Christmas Comes but Once a Year

Sunday, 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

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.Fields of Trees

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.

Entry Foyer

Entry Foyer

Santa's Visit to MSI 012


ILLINOIS STATE FAIR Aug 9 – 18

Wednesday, 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.


Hi, Ho, Come to the Fair–The Christian County Fair in Taylorville, IL

Tuesday, 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/


Art, Food and Abraham Lincoln in Central Illinois

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Saturday, June 1, 2013 the Taylorville Area Arts Council sponsors its Annual Art Fair on the Historic Taylorville Courthouse Lawn. This is a Juried Art Fair in which known and unknown artists display and sell their works and are judged. You may wish to browse and purchase watercolors, pottery, wood works, painted glass, jewelry, professional landscape photography and much more from the artists who come to display for you. There is usually music and The Farmer’s Market happens concurrently on the East Side of the Historic Taylorville Square. Get to town early and meet the Clock Master at 7:30 AM at the South Door of the Courthouse and take a “Behind the Scenes” tour of the County Courthouse Clock and Bell Tower. See the restored art glass dome from both sides and have a “Birds Eye” view of Taylorville, IL, where Abraham Lincoln practiced law.


Golf is still a 4 letter word, no matter how you play it! But wait, there is more…

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
Take some time out for yourself and enjoy great golf on a 4.5 rated, 18 hole course in Beautiful Central Illinois.  We are more than flyover country.  Taylorville Lake Shore Golf Course is located on the shores of Lake Taylorville and is just 3.5 miles from our front door.
Not everyone in your group plays golf?  Bring your bicycle and ride the Lincoln Prairie Hike and Bike Trail which begins just 6 blocks from our front door, shop the stores around our National Registry Historic Town Square just 2 blocks away, sit around and read your book, get up early on Saturday Morning and meet the Clock Master at 7:30 AM at the South door of the Christian County Court House and go with him to wind and service the county clock at the top of the clocktower and enjoy a bird’s eye view of our community, take a jog through our 65 acres city park.  There are plenty of things to do here if your needs are simple.
Make your “T” time, book two (2) nights with us in a Queen of King Bedded Whirlpool Room and we will pay for your golf. Make sure you bring your golf confirmation. This deal is ONLY available by calling us directly to book and may not be combined with other promotions.http://www.golf18network.com/illinois/springfield/lakeshore/golf/tee-times/1087.php

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Golf, the great American 4 letter word pastime

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Golf is a 4 letter word, but it is acceptable in polite society. Golf is something we have plenty of here in Taylorville, IL in the form of Taylorville Lake Shore Golf Course, a 4.5 rated 18 hole course just 3.5 miles from our front door. Book your stay for 2 or more nights, in a Queen or King Bedded Whirlpool Room, directly with us and we will pay for your round of golf at Taylorville Lake Shore Golf Course. This is a great discount on your room rate.


How to get more for your lodging buck!

Monday, April 1st, 2013
This video only exposes some of the differences in how much more bang for your lodging buck we offer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixSw1lSrlvQ

The Hotel Package
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Hotels have begun offering Bed and Breakfast packages and so we in the Bed and Breakfast business have decided to offer a Hotel Package. What a deal!
When you come to Christian County Illinois and to the County Seat of Taylorville, place where you get the absolute most for your lodging buck is the Market Street Inn Bed and Breakfast.  If you are looking for restaurants with websites for proof that they are here you will not find it.  We have several restaurants with great food, great prices and no websites.  There is usually a band playing somewhere in town on weekend nights and we have great bars with very reasonably priced drinks but no websites.  Ride the Lincoln Prairie Hike and Bike Trail which is just 6 blocks from our front door.  Play golf at Taylorville Lake Shore Golf Course which is rated 4.5 by Golf Digest.  Snuggle up with your partner and enjoy the ambiance of “fire” in an electric fireplace all year round or  our gas fireplaces in the cold months.  Check out our rave reviews  on Trip Advisor and Bed&Breakfast.com regarding our breakfasts, our coffee and our service.  Go a few minutes away to Springfield, IL and visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and treat yourself to a Springfield Culinary Creation, a “Horse Shoe”.  If you are looking for life in the slow lane, we can offer some of that too.  Bring your fishing license and pole and wet your line at Lake Taylorville or Sangchris Lake.  We can probably find a place for you to ride a horse if you provide us with a week’s notice.  Good things and good fun happen here.  Come and stay a few nights.

220 East Market Street | Taylorville, Illinois (IL) 62568 | (217) 824-7220 or (800) 500-1INN | Email: innkeeper@marketstreetinn.com