The largest man-made lake in Illinois (26,000 acres), Carlyle Lake is a premier location for outdoor sports. Well known to sailers, it is one of the best and most challenging for sailboats. There is also boating, fishing, hunting, bird watching, sand beaches and camping areas. Hotels, cabins and golf courses make the area a true outdoor lover’s playground.
Built in the late 1800s as a private home, the museum holds many artifacts from the area, including genealogical material, books and periodicals on the history of the county. Every Thursday except the first Thursday of the month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and by appointment.
Not only can you sample fine local wines, but the restaurant serves first-rate barbecue. Banquet facilities are also available.
Notably, this is the burial site of the first Governor of Illinois and of U.S. Senator Elias Kent Kane, Illinois’ first Secretary of State and architect of the state constitution.
The 1750’s French Colonial fort is built atop the original stone foundation. Inside the fort is the restored powder magazine believed to be the oldest building in Illinois. The Winter and Summer Rendezvous draw thousands of visitors each year.