Did You Know . . .
Fulton County . . .
. . . was named for Robert Fulton who invented the first successful steamboat in 1807.
. . . was part of the lands set aside to be used as payment to veterans of the War of 1812.
. . . was established five years after Illinois became a state in 1823.
. . . extended all of the way to the northern boundary of the state including present day Chicago between 1823 and 1825.
. . . now has a population of 37,069.
With its annual Camp Ellis Days celebration, Ipava remembers its role as home to Camp Ellis, a WWII training and POW camp that stretched north and west from Ipava nearly to Table Grove. Visitors to Ipava can obtain a driving tour brochure and view an exhibit about Camp Ellis at the Easley Pioneer Museum and restored Freeman School, located at the corner of Broadway & Mill Streets, open during Scenic Drive Fall Festival and Camp Ellis Days. (Other times call 309-254-3207 for an appointment.)
Downtown Ipava’s Veterans Park is the focus of Camp Ellis Days festivities and also hosts Scenic Drive Fall Festival visitors and vendors. Memorial Park on the east side of town offers a pavilion, a basketball court, and playground equipment. Baseball and softball fields can be found at the Ipava Ball Park near the Easley Pioneer Museum.
Services include a restaurant, bakery and bed and breakfast, convenience store, post office, banking, and outfitting for hunting.