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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..............

New Web Server For - We are currently in the process of changing web servers and updating our content. Check back soon to watch our progress!

Athens Shooting Range Provides Recreational Opportunities - MTM Arms is a family owned indoor gun range on Illinois Route 29 in Athens, Illinois that opened in 2017 and provides a wide range of shooting sports services for the entire family. Their 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 Finishes Up 2018 Public 3D Archery Events- The club will wind up the 2018 3D Season with two events in September that can prepare archery deer hunters for the October 1st Illinois Archery Deer Season. The public events will be held Sunday, September 9, and Sunday, September 23rd. 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:

Menard County Fair - The 162nd Annual Menard County Fair was held in July 2018 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.

Petersburg Harvest Fest: The 2018 Harvest Fest will be held September 14th and 15th. Learn more on their Facebook Page at

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 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 was interrupted last Fall by a broken leg and fractured hip for our publisher Larry Dale; the accident happened on a trip to Monterey in eastern Tennessee to pick up a new puppy! The femur and hip were both replaced at Cookeville Regional Hospital, and expert local rehab staff at Bethesda Health Care expedited his recovery (see for details on the amazing therapists, and the rehab product they have developed!)


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