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Museums

Old City Hall & Historic Lincoln Courtroom

Southwest Corner of the City Square

Beardstown, IL 62618

This city hall was originally built in 1844 to serve as the Cass County Courthouse. The building itself is an important part of

history because it contains the only courtroom where Abraham Lincoln once practiced law that is still in use today. In this very

courtroom, Lincoln tried many cases, including the famous Almanac Trial in 1858, when he successfully defended William “Duff”

Armstrong against murder charges.

Rudy A. Black Collection

This museum houses a fine collection of Civil War guns, Indian artifacts, and other memorabilia. One display features dishes

that belonged to Nancy Beard, the wife of the town’s founder. Located on the Southwest corner of the city square, behind the

Lincoln Courtroom in the Beardstown Courthouse. Open Monday through Friday, noon – 4 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Grand Opera House

This 1872 opera house is currently being restored. Inside, it features frescoed ceilings, a large stage and dressing rooms, with

an interior boasting electric lights that were unique in 1893.

River Museum

Southwest Corner of City Square

Beardstown, IL 62618

217-323-3271

This educational museum also serves as a

visitor’s center and is housed in the Chamber

of Commerce office. Inside, visitors will find

items relating to the Illinois River and the

river’s importance in the development of the city

and surrounding region. There are handcraft-

ed models of riverboats, modern and antique

equipment such as ice cutting saws, hunting

and fishing tackle and boat and barge gear.

The visitor’s center offers plenty of information

on the area along with several displays relat-

ing to the Beardstown Ladies. You may also

purchase their autographed books and other

products here. Open Monday through Friday:

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

If you’re looking for something to do, the attractions listed on these pages

give you plenty of options from which to choose. From hunting and fishing

in the great outdoors to learning about our history in one of our museums,

you can plan on finding something to do anytime of the year in any sea-

son. This list is a mere introduction of the fun our region offers. For more

information, please call one of the numbers listed at the end of this section.

ATTRACTIONS

Jim Edgar Panther Creek

State Fish & Wildlife Area

10149 County Highway 11

Chandlerville, IL 62627

217-452-7741

Wal-Mart Super Center

100 Lincoln Ave.

Beardstown, IL 62618

217-323-1340

S & R Marine & Equipment

815 E. 15th

Beardstown, IL 62618

217-323-2730

Hunting & Fishing Licenses

Skating Rink

Golf

Rollin’ on the River

Rink & Arcade

219 W. Main

Beardstown, IL 62618

217-323-4677

Lakewood Golf Course

39AAA N. IL SR 78

Bath, IL 62617

309-546-2274

Scripps Golf Course

120 Ellen Scripps Dr.

Rushville, IL 62681

217-322-4444