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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 Athens Shooting Range Now Open! - MTM Arms is a family owned indoor gun range 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 ranges are designed to handle all handgun calibers, small arms rifles, shotguns (slugs only), and muzzleloaders using Pyrodex powder. Located north of Springfield, IL on Illinois Route 29, MTM Arms is an independent Federal Firearms Dealer (FFL), gun store, and shooting range serving Menard County and the surrounding counties in Central Illinois (Sangamon, Cass, Mason, and Logan Counties). The MTM Arms telephone number is (217) 636-8000. VIEW MTM WEB SITE

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 on the East side of the square.
  • The "Corner Cafe" has a new menu and new management in the building formerly known as the "Plaid Rooster."
  • The new "Los Rancheros" Mexican Restaurant has opened in the location of the former Douglas Street Bar and Grill.
  • More details will follow..............

Harvest Fest - The 2013 Petersburg Harvest Fest was held on Friday 9/20 and Saturday 9/21. A wide variety of events and activities are featured each year in the Annual Harvest Fest event, including a large community parade! The 2013 Annual Petersburg Harvest Fest started at 5 pm on Friday night, and then continued all day on Saturday. Full details and Harvest Fest event listings are available from the Petersburg Observer newspaper!

Lake Petersburg 50th Anniversary - Sunday, September 1st 2014 was the official date for the 50th Anniversary of Lake Petersburg Celebration. (The original lake dedication ceremony was held on Labor Day, September 2nd, 1963.) Full details can be found in the Petersburg Observer newspaper.

2013 Menard County Fair - Celeynn Mayfield was crowned the 2013 Miss Menard County Fair Queen during the annual queen pageant held on the opening night of the Fair in July. First runner-up was Sierra O'Connor, and the second runner-up and winner of the People's Choice Award was Syndey Harrison. Lauren Schurman is the 2013 Junior Miss Menard, and Sophia Haddick was crowed Little Miss Menard. The 157th Annual Menard County Fair kicked off on Tuesday July 16th at the Menard County fairgrounds, and ran through Sunday, July 21st.

The 2013 Menard County Fair Special Events included 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 wrap-up details of the 2013 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 - The Menard Archers Archery Club have begun their 2015 Season outdoor archery 3D event series. 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 get further details at, or find her music on iTunes, Reverbnation, Bluestream Records, and other national music sources. Learn More


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. A wide variety of events and activities are featured each year in the Annual Harvest Fest, including a large community parade!

The 2012 Annual Petersburg Harvest Fest was held starting on Friday night September 14th, and continued all day Saturday September 15th.

  • On Friday night, there was entertainment in the VFW beer tent from 8 pm until midnight. The Art Exhibit at the Prairie Palette Art Gallery (a Problem Solvers Project ) was also open. All day Saturday, vendors manned food and craft booths around the Square, with a "Kid's Corner" featuring multiple activities for youngsters. The VFW 21 Gun Salute was held at the Veterans Memorial at 9:30 am. Also on Saturday, the Harvest Fest Parade started at 10 am with a new route, and the Harvest Fest 5K Run was held. The Rescue Squad Pork Chop Sandwich Lunch started at 11 am, and the Menard County Historical Museum was open from 11 am - 3 pm. Throughout Saturday, visitors viewed the Vintage Ag Association Tractor Display, enjoyed a Car Show, played Bingo, and learned more about Petersburg at the Community Photos & Memorabilia booth. On Saturday Night there was live entertainment, with the Hipbone Sam Band playing from 4-7 pm, and the Seeing Daylight Band from 8-midnight.

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

View The 2010 Harvest Fest Photo Slide Show - 120+ photos taken around the square and during the parade! Photos of this year's event will be published in the near future - check back soon!


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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