Taylorville and the Central Illinois Area
Taylorville, Illinois is just 29 miles southeast of Springfield in Central Illinois. All around our inn you’ll find activities, attractions, and a variety of things to do including shopping, outdoor activities, historic sites, and especially the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. If you are Looking for Lincoln, make Market Street Inn Bed & Breakfast your lodging headquarters.
Located in the heart of Lincolnland, Taylorville was the “last stop” on Abraham Lincoln’s circuit as an attorney in Central Illinois. Our 16th President argued cases in a log courthouse which is preserved, along with other buildings of the period, at our Christian County Historical Museum. During Abe Lincoln’s tenure as a circuit attorney, there was a day when court proceedings were repeatedly interrupted by the sound of pigs lounging under the Court House porch. Abraham Lincoln, in a moment of humor, asked the judge to issue a “writ of quietus” to legally quell the interrupting noises from the pigs.Within Taylorville there is a coal miners’ museum as well as the Christian Co. Historical Society, which offers a village of 6 buildings, including one where Abraham Lincoln practiced law.
- Activities in the area include: golfing, biking on the Lincoln Prairie trail, hiking, and shopping.
- Antiquing happens here. Just ask your innkeeper for directions.
- Stay in shape at the nearby YMCA or one of several fitness clubs, and then relax at a local day spa.
- There are boating, fishing or swimming at any of several lakes within a 30-mile radius and skydiving at Mid America Sport Parachute Club.
- Lakeshore Golf Course at Lake Taylorville
- Dark Horse Riding Center offers horseback riding 7 days per week with advance reservations. Dark Horse has both indoor and outdoor arenas as well as a nearby wooded area for trail rides.
Just 25 minutes away in Illinois’ capitol of Springfield you can enjoy various Abraham Lincoln sites including the Lincoln library and former home, as well as numerous museums.
Florinda’s is an Italian restaurant located just 2 blocks from our front door. Florinda’s features pasta, pizza and sandwiches. Wine and beer are offered as well. Florinda and her parents came from Sicily in 2000. Closed Mondays.
Whits End is an American food restaurant with a wide selection of your favorite foods including steaks and more. Prime Rib on the weekends. Bar service is also available. Located just about 1 mile from our front door.
Los Rancheros is one of two Mexican restaurants located in our community. This restaurant was totally renovated in 2014 and offers most all of your Mexican favorites in addition to having a full bar. This restaurant is located about 10 blocks from our front door.
Charro serves up some fine Mexican fare for your enjoyment. All of your Mexican favorites and mine (Chiles Poblano/Chiles Rellano) are found here along with the expected fixings and liquid refreshments. Charro has a sister restaurant in Chesterfield, MO called El Charro that offers the same menu. Located about 8 blocks from our inn.
China Pavilion Restaurant is located just 6 blocks from us and will fully satisfy your yen for Chinese food. Many of our guests from the Far East find a real touch of home there. We have watched the owners’ children grow from infancy through college graduation. Closed on Mondays.
Angelo’s Pizza has been a Taylorville standard for many for at least 30 years. Find some of the finest pizza and pasta there along with Italian Beef Sandwiches and more. Wine and beer are served here. Angelo’s is located about 10 blocks from the Market Street Inn.
Bill’s Toasty Shop is a Taylorville institution and has been around for longer than your innkeepers, but we have only been around since 1943. Open 24/7, Bill’s offers one of the world’s greatest hamburgers, but unless you have a huge appetite, don’t order two. Of course there are fries, shakes and other goodies. Bill’s is located just 3.5 blocks from our front door.
Sugardaddy’s Tastee Treet offers some food items but is mostly known for their frozen custard and frozen yogurt. If you have never tried lemon-flavored frozen custard, well… Sugardaddy’s is located about 1.5 miles from the Market Street Inn and worth the drive.
Kentucky Fried Chicken in Taylorville is different than most in that it also has a buffet, which features all of the KFC products as well as veggies, cobbler, soft serve, and more of the same.
Spring Garden Restaurant has a large and widely varied menu offering which has always proved to be enjoyable. If you are in the mood for a Greek Salad, here is the place to get it along with offerings such a BBQ ribs, fried chicken, soups and salads, sandwiches and much more. Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. This restaurant is located less than 2 miles from our inn.
This restaurant listing is far from complete but hits the highlights. Of course we have the normal amount of national fast food and pizza places along with a variety of bars, some of which might serve pizza or a sandwich or two. Just ask your innkeepers for other offerings. If you wish to drive a bit, there are hundreds of restaurants within 30 minutes.
Helpful Area Links
The Illinois Junior Hereford Association
Black Horse Powwow
Golf at Taylorville Lakeshore Golf
Chamber of Commerce
Taylorville Main St Inc.
Farm Progress Show
Christian County Farm Bureau
Dark Horse Riding Center
Christian County Courthouse
Christian County in the Civil War
Illinois Bureau of Tourism
Christian County Fair
Clubs & Organizations
llinois State Fair
4 Wheeler and Dirtbike Park
University of Illinois-Springfield
Illinois Junior Hereford Association
Dana-Thomas House by Frank Lloyd Wright
Abraham Lincoln Home
Abraham Lincoln Tomb
Illinois State Museum
New Salem State Park
Sangchris Lake State Park
Wolf Creek State Park
WTIM Taylorville Times Newspaper
Curvey Real Estate
Taylorville Real Estate
Illinois Bed and Breakfast Assn
B-R-S Baseball Museum
The Wooden Flower
AmericanAero.us Ultralight Aircraft Kit Manufacturing