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Menard County Courthouse and Veterans Memorial in Petersburg, IL Welcome... To! is the original web site to be focused on the historic Central-Illinois city of Petersburg, which is the county seat of Menard County, IL. Our web site has served Petersburg and the Menard County Illinois area since 1997.

Petersburg blends the old and the new into a place that is a great place to visit and a great place to call home. Petersburg and all of the other Menard County towns are close enough to Springfield Illinois to enjoy the resources of the city, yet far enough away to retain the small-town charm that draws tourists and new residents alike to our area.

Current Local Events, News, & Activities:

"Terror On The Square" Launches Funding Project - Terror on the Square has started Phase 1 of reopening their downtown location in Petersburg, Illinois. Water Main installation for Terror On The SquareSince 1993, Terror on the Square, a unique haunted attraction, has entertained tens of thousands of people across Illinois, and beyond, with their ghost-like illusions and special effects throughout the month of October. Due to a lack of a sprinkler system and other new Life Safety Code requirements, this attraction was forced to close the doors of it's historical building in 2013. In the fall of 2015, a new, larger water main was installed to support a fire sprinkler system. By installing the new water main into the building while the downtown streets and sidewalks were already under construction, the bill was considerably less than first assessed. However, the installation bill still totals $8,200 due to the size of the line and amount of work to install it. Terror on the Square hopes for support from the Petersburg community, along with all its businesses and many fans to help move ahead to Phase 2 and reopen the doors of our historic downtown location, thus bringing thousands of people back to Petersburg and it's businesses.
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Petersburg Square Renovation - The roads and sidewalks surrounding the Menard County Courthouse are now open. However, some project details will wait for warmer weather for completion. Shoppers are reminded that many local businesses are open on the square, and now easily reached.

New Downtown Petersburg Businesses Opening - The downtown Petersburg business community is being revitalized with a number of new businesses opening this year. For example:

  • The "Furniture Den" furniture store has opened within the historic Smoot Hotel.
  • "Rugers Meats" is now open along the highway side of the square.
  • "Inspirations" is now open on the West side of the Petersburg Square.
  • The "Corner Cafe" has a new menu and new management in the building formerly known as the "Plaid Rooster" along the highway side of the square.
  • The new "Los Rancheros" Mexican Restaurant has opened on East Douglas Street.
  • More details will follow..............

New Athens Shooting Range Now Open - MTM Arms is a family owned indoor gun range on Illinois Route 29 in Athens, Illinois that provides a wide range of gun-related services for the entire family. Their brand new facilities include a community room, firearms showroom, family sitting area, and two separate gun ranges with a total of 10 shooting lanes. The MTM Arms telephone number is (217) 636-8000. VIEW MTM WEB SITE

Harvest Fest - The annual Petersburg Harvest Fest was held Friday (Evening,) and Saturday September 18th and 19th, 2015.

Due to the road construction on the Petersburg Square, this year's event had been moved to Hurie Park on the east edge of town near the river. Due to the location, for this year the parade was replaced by a Marching Band Field Show, which was held on-site at 10 am. Other events included a barbacue dinner and comedy show Friday night, followed by musical entertainment. The annual Harvest Fest 5K Run began at 8 am at PORTA High School, and a wide variety of activities and entertainment were held throughout Saturday. For further information, visit the Facebook page "Petersburg Harvestfest 2015."

Menard County Fair - The 159th Annual Menard County Fair was held July 14th - 19th, 2015 at the Menard County fairgrounds.

The Menard County Fair Special Events typically include a Talent Contest, Demolition Derby, Kids Activities, Antique Tractor Pull, Tractor & Truck Pull, Truck Show, and a Mud Bog & Dash for Cash. The Menard County Fair also offesr a wide variety of judging competitions, food & drink items, and a carnival. Specific details of the Menard County Fair are available online at, or from the Petersburg Observer newspaper office.

Vintage Ag Association Expands - The Vintage Agriculture Association is breaking ground for their new building, which has been designed to effectively display their farm machinery collections. The building will be located along IL 97 just north of Petersburg. Not only will this be a building for meetings and association activities, but it will include static displays in the museum section, and will provide a venue for a wide variety of farm equipment demonstrations during special community events. Learn more at

Menard Archers 2015 Public 3D Archery Event Schedule Ends - The Menard Archers Archery Club completed their 2015 Season outdoor archery 3D event series with two public shoots in September: Sunday, September 20th, and Sunday, September 27th. The club has thirty 3D targets set up depicting realistic archery hunting scenarios at their range, which is located next to the west edge of New Salem State Park along State Park Drive. Club membership primarily is drawn from Menard and Sangamon Counties, but archers from all over the state of Illinois come to participate in their public 3D shoots. The Menard Archers currently meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 pm. For more information, check out the club web site at

Taylor June TrousdaleLocal Recording Artist Recognized - At the age of 15, Taylor June Trousdale started to perform at Fairs, Festivals, Opry's and many other venues under the name of just "Taylor June." She then joined the Illinois Country Music Association, and performed in a variety of events. In 2010, 2011, and 2012 she received "Songwriter of the Year" in the youth category, and also received an award for "Female Entertainer" in 2011 at the North American Country Music Awards International. She has recently released a new major project. You can find her music on iTunes, Reverbnation, Bluestream Records, and other national music sources.


Annual Petersburg and Menard County Events:

Prize winning scarecrow at the Petersburg IL 2010 Harvest Fest Click photo to view Harvest Fst slide show Harvest Fest - The Annual Petersburg Harvest Fest is held annually during mid-September. Due to construction around the Petersburg Square, the 2015 activities were held in the park and ball diamond area between the Sangamon river and County Market Foods. A wide variety of events and activities are featured each year in the Annual Harvest Fest, including a large community parade!

Full details and Harvest Fest event listings will be available from the Petersburg Observer newspaper!

View A Sample Harvest Fest Photo Slide Show - 120+ photos taken around the square and during earlier parades!


Tourism: For tourists and other visitors, Petersburg and Menard County are nationally known for a great antique shopping experience, as well as proximity to several historical sites such as Abe Lincoln's nearby New Salem State Park.

New Salem is the local log cabin village where Abraham Lincoln lived and worked as he prepared for his role in changing the course of our national destiny. As President (1861-1865) of the United States, Lincoln guided our country with the knowledge and wisdom that he had developed here on the banks of the Sangamon river.

For our residents, Petersburg and the surrounding area combines a vibrant business community, beautiful scenery, an excellent school system, and progressive governmental services into a great place to live and work.

Sportsmen especially appreciate the abundant wildlife and outdoor recreational opportunities at local areas such as nearby JEPC (Jim Edgar State Fish & Wildlife Area) where hiking, hunting, and fishing opportunities abound.

Local Business Highlights

New Salem Woodworking - 11916 Judy Avenue, Tallula, IL 62688

Jon Walpole of New Salem Woodworking in Tallula, ILJW Woodworking of rural Tallula has recently changed their business name to New Salem Woodworking. As they expanded their internet marketing efforts, Owner Jon Walpole found that there were several other "JW Woodworking" shops in Illinois alone, not to mention in the nation. The business name was primarily changed to New Salem Woodworking to avoid confusion with these other woodworking providers. However, he also wanted to highlight their geographical location here in Central Illinois, and the close proximity to Lincoln's New Salem State Park and historic Petersburg, Illinois.

New Salem Woodworking products are hand-crafted, high quality custom woodworking items made from locally-harvested native hardwoods. Company specialties include the creation of high-quality Shaker inspired furniture and accessories built to exacting woodworking standards. Frequently chosen native wood species used by New Salem Woodworking for their Shaker product lines include cherry, walnut, hard maple, and white oak. Poplar is also frequently selected for a painted finish. New Salem Woodworking also produces a wide range of other styles, including solid cedar Adirondack style outdoor furniture. Phone: 217-971-3109 Web:

New Salem Firearms - 121 South 7th Street, Petersburg, IL 62675

New Salem Firearms on the town square in Petersburg ILNew Salem Firearms has moved to their new storefront location at 121 S 7th St, on the west side of the town square in Petersburg, IL. (next door to the Menard County Historical Museum.) View MAP

Their regular open store hours are Monday - Wednesday Noon - 6 pm, plus Thursday & Friday 1 pm - 5 pm. New Salem Firearms is an independent Federal Firearms Dealer (FFL) and gun store serving Menard County and the surrounding counties in Central Illinois. (Sangamon, Cass, Mason, and Logan Counties) They buy, sell, trade, and consign a wide variety of firearms. Other products for sale include ammunition, optics, targets, magazines, holsters, and gun cleaning supplies for proper firearm maintenance.

New Salem Firearms has an Online Storefront for new gun sales to their local customers, and will also continue to handle Federal firearm paperwork processing for online gun auctions (Gunbroker, AuctionArms, etc) as well as personal gun transfers. Phone: 217-652-2668 Web:

Note: Other local businesses using the geographical "New Salem" place name include New Salem Self-Storage at

Williamsville Veterinary Clinic - 513 W. Main St. Williamsville, Il. 62693 Phone 217-566-3579

Williamsville Vet ClinicWe service clients and patients from Sangamon, Logan, Mason & Menard Counties. *Behavior - Consultations for cat & dog behavior issues *Boarding - Cats & dogs (also will consider client's other small pets such as birds, guinea pigs, rabbits, etc......please ask!) *Dental procedures and evaluations - We can do ultrasonic scaling, polishing, some extractions and minor dental procedures; extensive procedures may be referred to a board certified veterinary dentist. *Exams - Physical exams for wellness as well as for illness or other problems your cat or dog is exhibiting *Flea, Tick & Heartworm Medications for cats & dogs *Grooming - baths, comb outs, anal gland expression, pedicures *In-House Lab for routine lab work *Microchipping *Pharmacy on-site for convenient dispensing of prescribed medications *Prescription Diets for Medical Issues *Senior Wellness Exams and Evaluations Surgery (spays, neuters, declaws, etc.) *Vaccines tailored to your pet's lifestyle *X-rays Web:


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