Arcola, Illinois

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Platted in 1855, Arcola is in the northern corner of what was once known as the Broomcorn Belt. Broomcorn, used in broom making, has a finer leaf and bushier tassel than grain corn. Homemade quilts and crafts can be found at a large Amish community west of town near Arthur.

Arcola Chamber of Commerce: P.O. Box 274, Arcola, IL 61910. Phone 217.268.4530.

The Illinois Amish Interpretive Center: I-57 exit 203 then .8 mile east on Springfield RD to 111 S. Locust ST, is dedicated to presenting the Amish way of life. A 15-minute video introduces visitors to the life of the Old Order Amish. Displays feature Amish crafts, traditional clothing, horse-drawn buggies, and buildings. Allow 1 hour minimum. Closed all major holidays. Phone 217.268.3599 or 888.452.6474 for more information on hours and prices.

Rockome Gardens has an array of rockwork and flower gardens. Specialty shops such as a haunted cave, a craft shop, and an Amish house also are on the grounds. A broom making demonstration and a train ride are also some of the visitor favorites. Rockome Gardens is a seasonal attraction, open only in warmer weather. Phone 217.268.4106. 125 N County Rd 425 E Arcola, IL 61910.