Illinois November 22, 2018
A Hike Through This 12-Acre Wood In Illinois Is Like A Trip Back To The 1800s
The ultimate blast from the past can be found in Fulton, Illinois at a little-known nature walk that spans 12 acres. Tucked within the trees is an ancient village from the 1800s you’ve got to see to believe.
Get your walking shoes ready for an exciting adventure you’ll never forget. Scroll on for more details.
Wierenga's Heritage Canyon in Fulton is a 12-acre historic nature walk that few Illinoisans know exists. It is open daily between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. between April 15 and December 15.
Tours are self-guided, and it is free to enter most days, though donations are accepted. On special days, $2 is requested for each adult and $1 for children below the age of 14 (more details below).
This historical walk was established in 1967 and depicts an ancient village from the 1800s. It is built on top of a limestone quarry that was abandoned in 1954 due to the damage it was causing to the Mississippi River.
Specific buildings found on-site include a schoolhouse, doctor's office, iron works, blacksmith shop, an old church, and several log cabins. Guests are allowed to go in and out of each one.
One of the most iconic old structures found at Wierenga's Heritage Canyon is the old church. It can be used for small weddings and seats 25 guests. The cost to rent is out is only $250.
Special events take place throughout the year at this wonderful place. There will be a Christmas walk in December, and a fall festival takes place each September.
In May, the Dutch Days Festival takes place here, and you don't want to miss it. Celebrate the area's heritage with food, crafts, music, and more.
The original owners of this ancient village operated the place until 1999, after which, family kept it up. In 2005, though, it was sold to the city of Fulton for better upkeep. There is a memorial to the first owners, Harold and Thelma, at the entrance.
Heritage Canyon is located at 515 N 4th St., Fulton, IL 61252, and you can learn more about it on its
Facebook page or the city of Fulton’s official website.
For more fun with the past, check out
10 things about Illinois’ history you probably didn’t know.
If you’ve ever been to this ancient village, we’d love to hear from you. Please share your experiences and photos with us below in the comments.