The early history of central Illinois, including Fulton county, is little more than legend, depicting prehistoric Indians, French explorers, Indian tribes, and early white settlers. For decades accounts have passed from generation to generation keeping this heritage alive. These legends are an integral part of personal affiliations in the lives of Fulton County residents. As a recognized center of historical and cultural interest, the area is renowned for Native American archaeology, agricultural evolution, literary achievements, and many other distinctive events.
Visit these websites to explore more of Fulton County’s past.
Art is all around us, and Fulton County continues to provide inspiration to writers, actors, painters and photographers. Such inspiration is found in scenic vistas overlooking the Spoon and Illinois Rivers, along the lakes, wetlands, gently winding streams fringed with forest, or across our rolling uplands. It also calls out from the past in the historic architecture of our communities and farms. Artistic beauty can be found seemingly mundane things just waiting to be discovered by those who take time to see, listen, and enjoy.
The landscapes you see and outdoor opportunities that await you today in Fulton County are the result of thousands of years of natural and human forces acting upon the landscape. The Illinois River traveling in an ancient channel of the mighty Mississippi, marks the county’s south-eastern boundary. Along the bluff here Native Americans built mounds that are still visible today. Strip mining for coal left an inheritance of many hundreds of lakes and ponds – so many that Fulton County ranks second in Illinois, with over 2,500 water impoundments!
Visit this website to encounter more of Fulton County’s outdoors.
Fulton County The Outdoor
Fulton County is home to a wealth of festivals, special events, and other recreational opportunities that occur throughout the year. These range from small town “Homecomings,” with food, entertainment, and often a carnival, to the Spoon River Drive Fall Festival, one of the largest festivals in the state.
Check the calendar for upcoming event dates or refer to the “Events at a Glance” listing found on the Fulton County Tourism Council website.