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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:

New Downtown Petersburg Businesses Opened - 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.
  • 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..............

Petersburg Square Renovation Completed - Roads and sidewalks surrounding the Menard County Courthouse are now fully open! Shoppers are reminded that all businesses are open on the square, and are now easily reached.

"Terror In The Graveyard" Event Opens For 2017 - "The immensely popular "Terror on the Square" annual event has been a performance staple of the Halloween season in Petersburg, Illinois Water Main installation for Terror On The Squaresince 1993. Terror on the Square has been a unique haunted attraction, and has entertained tens of thousands of people across Illinois (and beyond) with their ghost-like illusions and special effects throughout the month of October. After safety renovations have been completed on the building, they will reopen the doors of their historic downtown location, thus bringing thousands of people back to Petersburg and it's businesses. For the past three years, "Terror in the Graveyard" has evolved as an outdoor attraction alternative, garnering its own rave reviews. It is "A unique haunting outdoor experience: Travel through an old abandoned graveyard that leads to a haunted creepy trail through the woods - ending with an intense nightmare!"

  • Friday and Saturday 10/13-14, 10/20-21, 10/27-28, from 7 pm to 11 pm
  • Sunday 10/29, from 7 pm to 10 pm
  • Tuesday 10/31, from 7 pm to 10 pm
  • Admission is $13, and ages 10 and under are $10
  • Note: this years attraction is outdoors. Weather-appropriate shoes and attire are recommended.

This year's haunting event is located one mile North of Petersburg at the Menard County Fairgrounds. The address is 18450 N Fairgrounds Street, Petersburg, IL 62675 Follow The Signs!

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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

Menard Archers Completes 2017 Public 3D Archery Events- 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:

Harvest Fest - The 2017 Annual Petersburg Harvest Fest was held again in September. Are you interested in volunteering, donating, or having a booth next year? Contact the committee regarding 2017 by email at

Menard County Fair - The 161st Annual Menard County Fair was held in July 2017 at the Menard County fairgrounds. 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 offered 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.

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

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Note: Editing of the web site has been slowed by a broken hip for our publisher Larry Dale; the accident happened on a trip to Monterey in eastern Tennessee to pick up a new puppy! The hip has been replaced at Cookeville Regional Hospital, and expert local rehab staff have expedited his recovery (see for details on the amazing therapists)


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