Public Art

Mural at Spoon River CollegeMural at Spoon River CollegeThe art of sculpture is seen in London Mills’ Statue of Liberty Replica at Riverside Park and in the Civil War monuments in Canton’s Greenwood Cemetery, Farmington’s Oak Ridge Cemetery, and the Vermont Cemetery. Impressive stone carvings can be found in many of the other cemeteries around the county. While monuments, memorials, and civic statuary are perhaps the oldest forms of public art, architectural detail and even architecture itself is more widespread and recognizable.

Fulton County has many structures, especially homes that are impressive for their architecture. Several that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places are clustered in the communities of Canton and Vermont. Many of the churches exhibit beautiful works of stained glass art.

Lewistown’s Post Office, located on Main Street, is decorated with a mural by Ida York Abelman of New York City. She was employed during the depression years as part of the New Deal Art Program to paint the wonderful mural titled “Lewistown Milestones” that was appreciated by townspeople. The lower level commons cafeteria area of Spoon River College has a long wall with several murals painted by students depicting historic Fulton County scenes and buildings. Similar murals can be found inside the Fulton County Health Department in Canton and in the downtown business district.Harold Kee Welch Mural at Lewistown Visitors CenterHarold Kee Welch Mural at Lewistown Visitors Center