It may be one of the smallest counties in Illinois, but Stark County offers plenty of things to do for a true taste of country hospitality. The county was formed in 1839, and was named for General Colonel John Stark, who served in the American Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He became widely known as the "Hero of Bennington" for his exemplary service at the Battle of Bennington in 1777.
Today, more than 90 percent of the county's land is farmed and this makes for many hometown experiences for lucky visitors. In Toulon, the county seat, Abraham Lincoln made visits to their courthouse and is rumored to have had a tooth pulled at a dentist's office that is still located next to the library. The town of Bradford is host to antique and craft stores and the Shallowbrook Farm executive retreat that was once a thoroughbred horse farm. Additionally, Wyoming is home to a historic depot museum.
The 26-mile Rock Island Trail runs throughout Stark County with stops in Toulon and Wyoming. The gorgeous scenery of the Rock Island Trail attracts outdoors enthusiasts every season. Hikers, bikers and cross-country skiers are seen enjoying the beauty of Stark County all year long.
Stark County also proudly hosts several popular area festivals. Don't miss The Morel Mushroom Festival in the spring, the Corn Boil in late summer, and the Fall Festival every fall. Come experience real country hospitality in a beautiful natural setting in Stark County.
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