"Central Illinois' Best Kept Secret!"
Visiting Stark County
Stark County is located in north central Illinos. The county was formed on March 2, 1839 out of Knox and Putnam Counties. It was named for General Colonel John Stark,(August 28, 1728 - May 8, 1822) who served in the American Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He became widely known as the "Hero of Bennington" for his exemplary service at the Battle of Bennington in 1777.
Stark County, Illinois is comprised of four municipalities: Bradford, LaFayette, Toulon and Wyoming. Together, with the smaller communities of West Jersey, Castleton, Elmira, Stark, Speer and Osceola, we offer a wide range of services and attractions.
Miscellaneous Historical Events:
First Presbyterian Church services in Elmira were conducted in Gaelic.
Abraham Lincoln & Stephen A. Douglas spoke at the Toulon courthouse [but not on the same day]
Lincoln is rumored to have had a tooth removed in Dr. Thomas Hall's Toulon office
Lincoln borrowed a lantern in the town of Saxon
We welcome visitors to our events, celebrations, shops and restaurants anytime! So come feel the warmth and hospitality that only a small county can provide. We encourage you to continue surfing through our website. Find an event that interests you and reserve a room at our Bed and Breakfast.