Illinois April 21, 2016
Why This One Little Town Is Illinois’ Best Kept Secret
Big cities tend to get all the love, but Illinois has lots of gems hidden across the state. Today, we are going to highlight one of our favorite towns: Fulton. Fulton is located along the river, and the first thing you’ll notice about it is that it commemorates its Dutch heritage. Read on to learn more about this great town.
1. Fulton has a really, really big windmill in town.
The windmill is actually from the Netherlands - at the least the parts were all furnished there. Once it came to Fulton, it was assembled by Dutch craftsmen. This windmill towers over the town, standing at 100 feet tall. And this windmill is not just for show; it is operational. Millstones are used to produce buckwheat, corn, rye, and wheat flours. You can actually buy these at the gift shop.
2. And even more windmills if you didn't get your fill.
There are actually 22 windmills within the Windmill Cultural Center. They vary in size up to six feet tall. There is a gift shop where you can purchase a variety of things.
3. They are really, really into their Dutch Heritage.
And you should be, too! Join them at their Dutch Days festival. This year, it is from May 6-7. No one knows why so many Dutch were attracted to the town of Fulton, but they came in droves. You can learn all about traditional dance and even make a pair of wooden shoes. And yes, there is some delicious food.
4. You can go back in time.
People love to walk in this 12 acre park. There are structures here dating back to the 1800s. This place is host to events like a Christmas Walk and even a zombie crawl.
5. It is a gorgeous river town.
Don't forget that you are right on the Mississippi River. This river town offers some stunning views, especially at sunset. This is a great place to walk along the river.
6. The farmers market is nothing short of amazing.
There are all sorts of fresh fruits and vegetables for you to choose from, and a warm atmosphere to walk around in.
7. The Andresen Nature Center encourages appreciation for the nature around us.
They have exhibits about wildlife, insects, and flora indigenous to this area. They also have lots of programming for adults and kids alike.
8. Eat at Krumpets.
Best. Desserts. Ever. Don't say we didn't tell you.
Are you from Fulton? What else do you love about it?