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.
Known for its unique collection of stately historic homes, Vermont boasts 15 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In an uncommon honor, its whole central business district is also listed. Most of the impressive private homes can be viewed by taking a brief driving tour of Main Street, East 4th, East and West 5th Streets, and Liberty Street.
A plaque in the park at the south end of the business district marks the place where Abraham Lincoln spoke on October 27, 1858. Tombstones in the well-kept Vermont Cemetery date back to the 1840s-1850s and mark the plots of many of the same families who built Vermont’s National Register homes. The cemetery includes a monument to Union Civil War Dead at the A.J. Koon gravesite as well as a more recent Civil War Monument erected in 1904.
Travelers will find a convenience store, bowling alley, and restaurants.