Warning: This is really WEIRD!If you know that Betsey Reed was the only woman in Crawford County executed, then you will better understand the PUN on the window of the Betsey Reed's Book Emporium You have to CLICK the photo to see it.The story of Betsey Reed took place in 1845 when 20,000 people gathered in Lawrenceville, Illinois, to witness her...more
Please Click on picture so you can see the image.Fort LaMotte and later Fort Foot were erected at Palestine during the War of 1812. These forts were needed to protect settlers from unfriendly Indian attack. Today, The Central Wabash Archaeological Chapter is in the process of researching the exact location of Fort LaMotte.ANDThe Fort LaMotte...more
Judge B. Harper was a wounded veteran of the Battle of Tippecanoe during the War of 1812. Judge Harper settled in this area in 1830, was a blacksmith and a farmer for 36 years. However, he was also named as a Township Justice of the Peace and County Judge, and that is why he is called "Judge John B. Harper. He was also the school treasurer, and...more
Palestine artist, Phyllis Moraga created the historical mural for the Palestine Development Association. It is really a pictorial timeline about the historical events that influenced and shaped Palestine' past.If you click on the photo of the mural, you will see such events as the Fife Opera House, the railroad, settlers, A Word War II Memorial,...more
Perhaps Palestine, Illinois is best-known nationally for its Small Outdoor Rodeo that is held every Labor Day Weekend.This event starts the Friday BEFORE Labor Day. The very first Pioneer City Rodeo took place in 1966 on a baseball field in Leaverton Park. They had wooden seats for about 3,000 spectators. That first year, the prize money was $1500....more
It's always fun, while visiting Palestine, Illinois, to take a look at the Darby Caboose. This caboose is permanently parked on Main Street. It serves as a memorial to Palestine's rich railroad history, and it's also a tribute to railroades everywhere.. It's an ICRR [Illinois Central Railroad] 1950's caboose. The Darby Caboose is named so because...more
Home cooked food that is common or unusual - meatloaf to quiche, crepes to pancakes - all made from scratch with specials changing daily. Very comforabale setting, a little French bisto. Housed in with artist's displays and extremely carefree atmosphere. Excellent service, quick and consistently taken care of.
Favorite Dish: Spinach quiche, asparagus crepes, coconut cake, chicken breast over vegetables - too many to mention. NOthing has been bad.
Palestine is really "off the beaten path"; you certainly need an automobile to reach it.
There is literally no public transportation in this village. However, once you arrive, the way to get around is "on foot". It's a very small town and easy to maneuver.
It is located four miles east of Route 1 on Route 33. Lots of people manage to get there to enjoy its many festivals, its historic architecture, and its newly revived Main Street.
So, if you plan to go to Palestine, Illinois, you need a car or truck.j
The Pioneer Winery is a family-owned winery that sells grape and fruit wines that are produced and bottled locally. In the store, they feature wine tasting, wine sales, and gift baskets. You can see a range of wines from Chardonet to "Moonlight on the Wabash" Muscadine Wine. But their specialty is Pioneer Pride", a traditional Midwest Concord wine...more
My sister and I visited The Rocking Horse LTD for the second time. The first time was about seven years ago. At that time, the Main Street of Palestine was just getting started with its revitalization, and this store was one of the first to "take a change" in such a small town.The merchandise really impressed me, and I purchased a lovely Tea Pot ...more
When I was a kid living just 7 miles away and pouring Mullen's imitation French Salad Dressing on my salads, I had no idea where it was made. My Dad, Ross O. Wood, just loved this dressing and always griped about other French dressings when he would eat out at restaurants. Well, all it took was for me to grow up, return to this area to discover the...more
Palestine is an active community who loves to celebrate. Here are some of the celebrations and festivals that I discovered:There is a Crawford County Arts Spring at the Fife Opera HouseThe Lion's Club Fish Fry is held on Memorial Day at the Lion's shelter in Leaverton Park.The Betsey Reed Festival is held on Main Street in June [see tip about the...more
The Central Wabash Archaeological Chapter has so far unearthed thousands of artifacts of the local soil of Crawford County. They have been searching for Fort LaMotte in PALESTINE and have discovered an Indian village known to have existed near the original Fort LaMotte site.
This area is known as the Morris/Ellis Site and we now know that it had been inhabited by several different Indianan tribes since 1000BC! They found artifacts, necessities, and tools that have been preserved because of the minerals found in river mussels that the native Indians used in everyday life.
If you would like to see any of these artifacts of this dig, you can see them at the Village Framery in Palestine on Main Street.
The excavation of the Indian Village has come to a close; however the search still continues for the 1812 era settler fort, Fort LaMotte.
I think that some people need to be convinced about visiting such a small village in such an out-of-the-way location. But, I feel that there are many reasons why you SHOULD visit:1. Palestine has worked diligently to revive its Main Street with its "turn-of-the-century structures, quaint specialty shops, Antique shops, restaurants, festivals, and,...more
I just happened to have discovered this Historic Marker as my sister and I were driving around Palestine looking for interesting sights/sites. It's located at South Pike Street and Grand Prairie Street.I got out of my car to look closely at what it said. When I read it, I knew that I needed a photograph. Here is what the Historic Marker reads:GOV....more
When I visited Palestine in May of 2008, I had a good laugh when I saw this banner stretched across Route #33 at Main Street. Being from Chicago for the last 46 years, I've never seen or heard anything about Coonhunters. Well, what I discovered was that the National Bluetick Breeders of America [that's a kind of dog that hunts coons] would be in...more