10 Most Beautiful Small Towns in Illinois

6: Greenville

Greenville
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There are quite a few museums in the town of Greenville which shows that they are proud of the history of their little town. Visitors can walk through the Richard Brock Museum, the American Farm Heritage Museum, the Armed Forces Museum, and the Demoulin Museum. The Greenville Public Library was built in 1905 with the assistance of Andrew Carnegie’s money and it is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Any history buff will be thrilled with the idea of being able to read every issue of the Greenville Advocate, from 1858 to today, since the library has them all.

7: Sycamore

Sycamore
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Sycamore could potentially be known as the pumpkin town, since they have hosted the annual Sycamore Pumpkin Festival since 1962. The festival begins on a Wednesday and concludes on Sunday and is filled with arts and crafts, carnivals, pumpkin displays, food, fireworks, and a parade. Walking tours of the Sycamore Historic District are offered every summer and people can learn about many of the buildings from a local historian who guides the tours.

8: Woodstock

Woodstock
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Not too many towns or cities have town squares anymore, but the one in Woodstock has both the Woodstock Opera House and the Old McHenry County Courthouse nearby. Once people arrive in this town, they feel like it looks or seems familiar to them and this is because they probably remember it from some scenes in the movies Groundhog Day and Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. After the popularity of the movie Groundhog Day, the town decided that they needed to celebrate this unique holiday every year and they now have their own honorary groundhog, Woodstock Willie.

9: Elsah

Elsah
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Four of the original taverns in the town can be found on LaSalle Street along with all but one building that was constructed prior to 1861. While history is prominent in this town, many people find themselves visiting when they are trying to spot a bald eagle or riding the Sam Vadalabene Bike Trail.

10: Lebanon

Lebanon
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The oldest college in Illinois, McKendree University, is in cute little town of Lebanon. Students, locals, or visitors will want to see the Emerald Mound and Village Site. This archaeological site has five mounds and village remains. The Mermaid House Hotel was built in 1830 and visitors are now able to tour the building and see what Charles Dickens was talking about when he mentioned the hotel in his American Notes book after his visit there in 1842.

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