Archive for the ‘Lincoln History’ Category

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.


Bloomington Gold has moved to Champaign, IL

Tuesday, 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


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, 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.

Looking for the perfect Christmas gift?

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

Are you looking for the perfect Christmas gift for your adult children and/or your adult grandchildren? Buy them the gift that pays for itself and never quits giving.  Make the down payment on the purchase of our fine inn and put them into a profitable business which will pay for itself and keep them from being unemployed.  Form a partnership w/ family or friends.   Many people will spend much more on their loved ones for Christmas and give them something which provides little or no return and is soon worn out and unused. The gift of a successful inn will provide many happy times over the years and your loved ones will be ever grateful.  Down payment idea:  convert your IRA to a self-directed IRA.  Form a partnership w/ family or friends.  Come  pay us a visit and ask Myrna to tell you all about our inn, its success over the past 18 years, the ROI, the wonderful guests we meet and host from all over the world, 38 countries to be exact and how the guests continue to return time after time. Rent the remaining rooms for Christmas week, have your Christmas around our tree and make the presentation a surprise to the recipient(s).  Or possibly an early Christmas over Thanksgiving weekend.

We have two optional properties which could provide homes for two or more families who could share the duties of operating a profitable inn as well as the innkeeper quarters in the main house.  One of these is the Carriage House which is shown on our website (includes a 2 bedroom loft apartment upstairs, not shown on website) and the other is a Mission Style home across the street from the main inn.


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