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Menard County Communities

While Petersburg is the County Seat and the largest town in Menard County, there are a number of other communities throughout our county. In addition, developments such as Lake Petersburg have come into being outside munincipal boundaries, and many families choose to live throughout our scenic rural areas.

For the visitor, our communities offer a wide variety of shopping destinations, historic sites, recreational opportunities, lodging (hotel, motel, B&Bs, and campgrounds,) churches, restaurants, and even a winery. For our residents, our communities offer all of the above plus a rich quality of life that you won't find in the city!

Community Helping Hands photo

In addition to Petersburg, the other towns in Menard County are:

  • Athens - Platted and surveyed in 1831, Athens was incorporated and became the "City" of Athens in the late 1800s . Athens was the site of Lincoln's first speech when running for the Legislature for the third time.
  • Atterberry - Atterberry is located northwest of Petersburg on State Highway 97.
  • Greenview - Located in the northeast part of Menard County and named for William Greene, a Menard County Pioneer, Greenview was laid out in 1857 by a company of six men.
  • Oakford - Located in the northwestern part of Menard County, Oakford was established in 1872 by William Oakford and William Colson.
  • Sweetwater - Originally to be named Sugar Grove; the name turned out to be already taken, so "Sweetwater" was chosen because the "water of the sugar maple was sweet."
  • Tallula - In 1872 Richard Yates (who was later Governor of Illinois) and W. G. Greene were responsible for laying out the community known as Tallula.

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