Hancock County, Illinois, offers a rare combination of history, natural beauty, and cultural experiences for citizens and visitors alike.
Our bend on the upper Mississippi River is where bald eagles make their home in winter, spring provides inspiration for photographers of all experience levels, fall colors show off along the Great River Road, and longstanding summertime festivals celebrate community (and wine).
The historic little city on the mighty Mississippi, Nauvoo offers year-round activities, festivals and a summer pageant. Steeped in Mormon heritage, Nauvoo has more than 50 restored homes and shops to tour (for free) in their living historic district. Visitors should make a point to visit Baxter’s Vineyards & Winery, the oldest winery in the state of Illinois.
The Legacy Theater in Carthage is a beautifully renovated, modern performance venue that seats 525 and plays host to a number of community and professional theatrical and musical performances every year. From the “Live at the Legacy Theater” series which features favorite acts from Branson, Missouri, to dueling pianos, international big bands, and family movies, the Legacy Theater is a top Tri-State destination.
During the War of 1812, two forts – Fort Johnson and Fort Edwards – were built on the Mississippi River bluffs where Warsaw is now located. Today the forts are gone, but visitors can see three states from a monument honoring Fort Edwards that stands on the site of the original fort.
Nearby… arts and cultural opportunities at Western Illinois University in Macomb and Quincy’s Community Theater, symphony for an evening out. Keokuk’s Great River Players or Burlington within a short driving distance.