Information about Charleston, IL and the small, locally-owned businesses located there.

Lincoln really did sleep here.

"Lincoln really did sleep here."

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A little about Charleston

Charleston is known for its public art and performing arts venues. It also hosts the Lincoln Douglas Debate Museum, the Lincoln Log Cabin as well as a number of other museums. Downtown Charleston has a beautiful historic shopping district filled with unique shops and galleries.

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The history of Charleston

Native Americans lived in the Charleston area for thousands of years before Europeans arrived. With the great tallgrass prairie to the west, beech-maple forests to the east, and the Embarras River|Embarras and Wabash Rivers between, the Charleston area provided semi-nomadic Native Americans access to a variety of resources. Indians may have deliberately set the "wildfires" which maintained the local mosaic of prairie and oak–hickory forest. Streams with names like Indian Creek and Kickapoo Creek mark the sites of former Native settlements. One village is said to have been located south of Fox Ridge State Park near a deposit of flint. The early history of European settlement in the area was marked by uneasy co-existence between Native Americans and European settlers. Some settlers lived peacefully with the natives. But in the 1810s and 1820s, after Native Americans allegedly harassed surveying crews, an escalating series of poorly documented skirmishes occurred.

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Museums / Attractions Restaurants Shopping


Dudley House Museum

Museums / Attractions

See a home of the affluent class in the 1920's


Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site

Museums / Attractions

The cabin of Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln


Jackson Ave. Coffee


Your place away from your place


Roc's Blackfront Restaurant & Lounge


Good food, good fun, live music


What's Cookin


Homemade baked goods daily


Calliope Court


Eclectic, vintage, fair trade and gifts


Copper Eagle Antiques


Antiques, collectibles and primitives


Indio Cigar Factory


handmade luxury cigars


Persimmon Lane


Vintage style and character


The New Lincoln Book Store & Vinyl Tap


Books, vinyl records and gifts