Located directly north of Peoria County is a county that is full of rich Illinois history but is quickly evolving to rival the amenities of big cities. In the heart of Marshall County is Lacon, a thriving community with a close tie to President Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln visited the county on at least four occasions and both Lincoln and Douglas visited Lacon in 1854 and were set to both make speeches in front of the courthouse, though neither spoke.
Located in Lacon is Marshall State Fish and Wildlife Area, the perfect spot for adventuring, picnicking, camping, fishing, hiking and hunting. View wildlife such as waterfowl, great blue herons and bald eagles in their natural habitats. If you’re a golf fan, stop by the Timber Ridge Golf Club in Lacon for a 9-hole course.
Located in the center of the town is Marshall County Historical Society, a museum where you and your family can discover the history of Marshall County through intriguing exhibits and hands-on experiences. History is also all around you at The Coffee Hub which is located on the main floor of a building that is 100 years old. Enjoy locally roasted coffee with homemade treats, ice cream from Uncle Bob’s in Eureka and check out the local art that lines the wall. Open seven days a week, there is plenty of time to visit, relax and enjoy a cup of coffee while visiting Marshall County.
Grab a drink at Zoomiez on the Water. a local favorite riverfront bar located on the Lacon Marina. Don’t miss their live music events!
Marshall County’s Old Settlers Festival will be celebrating its 151st year in 2021! This annual county festival is held at the marina in Lacon and features a unique festival theme each year. The festival also features a 5K and 10K, parade, stage entertainment and cruise in.