Posts Tagged ‘Historic Places’

Taylorville is 175 Years Old!

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Taylorville, Illinois is 175 years old this year and we will all be celebrating this birthday on October 4 & 5, 2014 during the Chillifest Cookoff . Come to Taylorville, IL for both events and have some fun.


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

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Golf for a good cause!

Monday, 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%.


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.


February is for Lovers

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Every month is “Love Month” but February is the biggest one of all. To help you celebrate with your favorite Valentine we are offering you a “Valentine Package”. Stay two (2) nights in one of our Queen or King Bedded Whirlpool Rooms and receive a 20% discount, a $20 Gift Certificate toward dinner at One East Market Restaurant and Jazz Lounge and Dipped Strawberries in addition to our high quality service and breakfasts. Pick your room and dates and call to book your reservation because, a deal as good as this is not available via online booking.  This deal is valid all of February 2013 and may not be combined with any other offer.


Make your New Years plans now!

Monday, October 29th, 2012

 

 

You can Ring in the New Year and have a good deal too!

 

Here is our BEST DEAL for New Years up front!  New Year’s Eve is on a Monday this year so we are offering you a deal to book any of our Queen or King bedded Whirlpool Rooms for 3 nights, Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights and have the 3rd night for FREE if you book by December 1, 2012.  There are always plenty of opportunities for music and fun at local watering holes or you can simply relax after the excitement of Christmas and just hang out at the inn.  Of course, we will have refreshments and beverages each evening of your stay and offer you a late check out on New Year’s Day unless you wish to stay another night or two.

We are just minutes from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum for you to enrich your historic knowledge on of the days of your stay as well as other sites in Springfield and Decatur, IL.  Maybe you couldn’t make it in to visit family over Christmas and this would be your belated visit.  Bring the whole family and do a belated Christmas around our tree.

This offer is ONLY available by calling us directly and may not be booked through any online method.  Reservations for such an important date are considered final and a full, non-refundable deposit is taken at the time of booking.  This offer only applies to our Queen or King bedded    Whirlpool Rooms.


Garlic is a good reason to have a party!

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Small towns are great because many folks know and trust and love one another and really have fun getting together and making a party for almost any reason. Garlic is a good reason to have a party. “Garlic Fest II” happens on Sunday, October 28 from 1 to 8 PM in the Morrisonville K of C Hall in Morrisonville, IL just about 10 miles from our front door. Have you ever heard of Bagna Cauda? It is

a rich, creamy sauce made from anchovies, butter, cream and garlic for dipping bread, cabbage and all sorts of other things in to get it onto your taste buds. One taste and you will crave more. Bagna happens from 1:30 to 4 PM. The main course is fresh, homemade garlic sausage, mostaccioli, garlic bread and slaw. Of course, there is a cash bar with your favorite liquid refreshments to wash this all down with. Music will be provided by “The Music Men” and, as usual, a good time of dining and dancing will be held by all. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Don’t miss it! Be sure to get there early, the doors open at 12:30 PM, in order to get a seat and to not miss the Bagna.

The rank of Eagle Scout is awarded to two local youth!

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

We hear so many discouraging and disparaging things about our young people. Taylorville has two young men who have completed the merit badge and community service requirements to be awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. Tim Schaeffer and Justin Huber are but two of the outstanding young folks we have here in our Central Illinois community. Congratulations to these two fine young men.

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Taylorville Scouts complete community service projects and achieve rank of Eagle

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TAYLORVILLE — Two local scouts, Justin Huber, son of Vern and Tina Huber, and Tim Schaeffer, son of Don and Cathy Schaeffer of Taylorville, were recognized at an Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony held Oct. 6. For his Eagle Scout project, Huber chose to repair a bridge along the Chief Illini Trail in Shelbyville. Pictured are Justin Huber (left) and Jim Jachino, Justin’s uncle who assisted, standing on the completed bridge.

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TAYLORVILLE — Tim Schaeffer works to lay landscaping fabric along the Wetlands Nature Trail. Schaeffer’s Eagle Scout project was to clear, repair and update the Wetlands Nature Trail located at Lake Taylorville. He was recognized on Oct. 6th during an Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony at Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auditorium.

TAYLORVILLE — Justin Huber, son of Vern and Tina Huber of Taylorville, and Tim Schaeffer, son of Don and Cathy Schaeffer of Taylorville, were recognized at an Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony held at Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auditorium on Saturday, October 6, 2012. Both Scouts are members of Troop #68. The Eagle Scout is the highest award in Boy Scouts. In order to achieve Eagle rank, a Scout must be active in his troop for a period of six months after becoming a Life Scout. A Scout must also earn a total of 21 merit badges, and is required to serve for at least six months in a position of responsibility in the troop. The Scout must also plan, develop, lead and implement a service project that will benefit the community. The Scout is also required to take part in a unit leader conference, and finally, must pass an Eagle Board of Review.

For his Eagle Scout project, Huber chose to repair a bridge along the Chief Illini Trail in Shelbyville. Huber chose this project after his Boy Scout Troop had attempted to hike the trail, only to discover that it was inaccessible due to the complete destruction of the bridge. By working with the US Army Corps of Engineers, the guidance of his uncle, Jim Jachino, and the assistance of troop members and leaders, Huber was able to reconstruct the bridge during this past summer.

Schaeffer’s Eagle Scout project was to clear, repair and update the Wetlands Nature Trail located at Lake Taylorville. Schaeffer had visited the trail with his high school ecology class in 2011, but much of the trail was inaccessible due to overgrowth and erosion. During this past summer, Schaeffer organized work crews consisting of Scouts, leaders, family and friends to clear the overgrowth, reset landscaping timbers, lay landscaping fabric and apply wood chips on the trail. He also added a picnic table and landscaping for the table. Schaeffer hopes that school groups and visitors to the lake will use the trail to learn more about the wetlands. Alan Jackson of the City of Taylorville Lake Department was instrumental in assisting Schaeffer with his project.

Both Huber and Schaeffer plan to continue their participation in Scouting. Both young men began as Tiger Cubs in Cub Scouts, and have remained active in Scouting since that time.


It is County Fair time in Christian County, Illinois

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

We are going to make this the simplest blog yet by just adding a link to the Christian County Fair website.  The fair runs from July 10 through July 15.  Come and attend and have lots of fun.


Building facelift on our National Registry historic town square

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Brenda and Gary Spurling, owners of Spurling Title Service have embarked on a facelift of their location on the South Side of the Taylorville, IL Town Square. The Square and a block or so in each direction have long been designated on the National Registry of Historic Places and restoration of many of the building facades are taking place.

Facelift for an old building

Please note the date on the peak of the facade as being 1892. This building and the Market Street Inn were both built in the same year, only 400 years after Columbus discovered America.

The pressed metal facade has been scraped of loose paint and is being painted in a complementing color scheme. Prior to this the building front was all white which is still visible in the lower right corner.
If you note the building to the left, a brick structure, you will see a facelift which was accomplished several years ago by Brett Mason.

Architectural enthusiasts will find cast iron facades by Mesker Brothers and Capitol Iron Foundry in our historic district as well. We love it when folks walk and gawk at the remaining beauty of our square. 


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