We’ve left the lights on for you in Carlinville, and invite you to come visit the only Illinois community named as one of “The 100 Best Small Towns In America” (1996 book by Norman Crampton). Located in the heart of Central Illinois, Carlinville is proud of its extensive historic district which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
The elegance and architectural variety of the many homes, churches, and businesses within the historic district have attracted numerous visitors. Some of the highlights include the majestic “Million Dollar” Macoupin County Courthouse, the 1869 County Jail, Blackburn College, the Macoupin County Historical Society Museum, and the largest collection of Sears & Roebuck Mail Order Catalog Homes in the U.S.
The historic beauty of the community is only a part of the attraction of Carlinville. Situated in the center of the Victorian city square, the postage-stamp sized city park is crowned by a picturesque gazebo. All around the square there are a variety of fine shops and boutiques.
We invite you to visit our many fine businesses and attend some of our festivals and events held throughout the year. While you are here, enjoy one or more of Carlinville’s restaurants, offering everything from fine dining to fast food. Choice overnight accommodations are also available for those who wish to relax and spend some time in our friendly community.
Below you will find information about historic Carlinville and the tour packages* available for groups planning to visit. Just contact the Carlinville Community Chamber of Commerce for a tour reservation form or other information.
Guide(s) will greet your bus in the parking lot adjacent to the 1869 Jail on East First South Street. Each member of your group will receive a “Welcome Packet” filled with coupons, brochures and information about the community. The guide(s) will then escort you through the historic jail and the “Million Dollar” Macoupin County Courthouse. The guide(s) will then board the bus with you and provide a narrated tour through the lovely historic community, pointing out the more significant structures and their history. This drive will include the beautiful campus of Blackburn College, the historic city square, the childhood home of author Mary Hunter Austin, and Standard Addition, the largest collection of Sears & Roebuck Co. Mail-Order Homes in the U.S.
You may choose a lunch for your group to be served in one of our fine local restaurants. (Following lunch might be an opportune time to schedule an hour or so free time for your group to wander among the many lovely shoppes and boutiques in the downtown area.) To complete your tour, your driver will be directed to the Macoupin County Historical Society Museum, where you will be met by some of the curators for a guided tour of the Museum and other buildings on the grounds.
Approximately 5 1/2 hours (+ add some time for shopping)
Contribution for Package #1: $21.00 per person*
Includes Jail, Courthouse, Museum, drive-through and lunch
Guide(s) will greet your bus in the parking lot next to the Macoupin County Jail on East First South Street. Your group will receive a guided walking tour of the “Million Dollar” Macoupin County Courthouse and 1869 Jail. Each member of your group will receive a “Welcome Packet” filled with information, coupons and brochures. The guide(s) will then board your bus to escort you throughout historic Carlinville, describing the more significant structures and some of their history. The drive will include the lovely campus of Blackburn College, the historic city square, the childhood home of author Mary Hunter Austin, and Standard Addition, the largest collection of Sears & Roebuck Mail-Order Homes in the U.S.
You’ll then enjoy lunch in a fine local restaurant. Feel free to add a couple of hours to your schedule so that your group may wander among the many fine shoppes and boutiques in historic downtown Carlinville.
Approximately 4 hours (+add some time for shopping)
Contribution for Package #2: $13.00 per person*
Includes Jail, Courthouse, drive-through and lunch
Guide(s) will meet your bus in the parking lot next to the 1869 Jail on East First South Street where each person in the group will receive a “Welcome Packet” filled will coupons, brochures and flyers. Your group will be escorted through the historic “Million Dollar” Macoupin County Courthouse and the old jail. The guide will then board your bus and provide a narrated tour through Carlinville’s historic district, along the way explaining significant structures and their history. This route will include the historic city square, the lovely campus of Blackburn College, the childhood home of author Mary Hunter Austin, the Macoupin County Historical Society Museum and Standard Addition, the largest collection of Sears & Roebuck Mail-Order Homes in the U.S.
Approximately 2 1/2 hours (+ add some time for shopping and enjoying a meal)
Contribution for Package #3: $4.00 per person
Includes Jail, Courthouse and drive-through
Package #4 - Guided tour of Jail and Courthouse.
Guide(s) will meet your bus in the parking lot adjacent to the 1869 Macoupin County Jail on East First South Street. Each member of your group will receive a “Welcome Packet” filled with coupons, brochures and other information. Your group will enjoy a narrated tour of the old jail and the “Million Dollar” Macoupin County Courthouse.
Approximately 1 1/2 hours (+add some time for shopping and to enjoy a meal)
Contribution for Package #4: $3.00 per person
Includes walking tour of Jail and Courthouse
All tips, taxes and gratuities are included in prices listed above.
*10% deposit at time of reservation (Refundable if notification of cancellation in writing is received at least five (5) business days in advance.)
Tour Coordinator: Below you will find a menu for Angus Bailey’s restaurant currently serving our tour groups in packages #1 and #2. Of course, we can arrange reservations at one of several other member restaurants as well. To avoid regular lunch crowds and give you the very best of service, they suggest serving your lunch around 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Please complete and return this form not less than ten days prior to your scheduled visit. Most tour groups prefer to order the same item for everyone in their group, but if you prefer you may photocopy the menu portion of this form for the restaurant you have chosen so that each individual may complete their own choice. If you do this, just send us ONE completed form with totals of each item ordered. I recommend that you keep the copies completed by your guests. Upon arrival at the restaurant, return them to your guest (as many will have forgotten what they ordered) to simplify efforts of the servers. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Chamber office.
Name of Contact _______________________________Total number to be served _______
Address ____________________________________ Phone _______________________
City, ST, ZIP _________________________________ Fax _________________________
Angus Bailey’s Restaurant
is located on the historic downtown square, and will serve the following item(s) of your choice for group tours. (Be sure to allow time for wandering
the shops and boutiques downtown.)
___*Chicken Salad or Tuna Salad on a Croissant (Served on a bed of lettuce with a cup of soup & sweet' n' sour bean salad)
___*Barbeque or Italian Beef (please circle your choice) served with your choice of French fries, cole slaw, sweet ‘n’ sour bean salad, potato salad or pickled beets)
___ Cherry, Apple or Peach crisp
Meal includes your choice of coffee or iced tea. Dessert is extra.
Carlinville Tour Reservation Form
Tour Coordinator: Please complete the information below to make your reservation for your group/bus tour. 10% deposit is required on all tours which include meal (Refundable with cancellation in writing not less than five (5) days prior to proposed tour.
Please type or print:
Name of group/organization
Name of coordinator
City, ST, ZIP
Phone Number of Coordinator/Contact Person
Day/date of tour Arrival Time Departure Time
Number of persons in group _________ Package # _______
Deposit Enclosed $____________
The tour packages are fairly flexible, and we will be more than happy to allow more time in particular areas of interest if you prefer. Just let us know! Overnight accommodations are available as well. Please return this completed form to the Carlinville Community Chamber of Commerce, 126 E. Main Street, Carlinville, IL 62626. (Be sure to include your meal reservation, if the package you have chosen includes the meal.) You will receive written confirmation upon receipt of this form. We will again contact you one to two weeks prior to arrival to confirm. Be sure to give us a call should you have any questions at all. We look forward to your visit!