Stark County

On your way out of Peoria County, you’ll run across Tanner’s Orchard, located in Speer on the border of Peoria and Stark Counties. Since 1947, four generations of the Tanner family have welcomed people from all over to amazing farm experience. This 80-acre farm has become a family destination with a bakery serving noon lunches, a large country farm market with the best apple cider donuts you will ever taste, pick your own apples and pumpkins, a corn maze and the Back 40 Fun Acres with farm animals. 

Farther north in Wyoming sits the beautifully restored Paramount Theater. Originally opened in 1934, this theater has closed and reopened multiple times throughout its history. Now, this old school theatre hosts events year-round and is a performance venue bringing culture alive to Stark County. Toulon is where Stark County’s Courthouse and Jail is located, and it is the oldest operating courthouse in the state of Illinois. Built back in 1857, the courthouse has been renovated throughout the years but the original structure remains the same.