From the bloggers at Gypsy Journal RV.
Located just off Interstate 57 in central Illinois, the charming and friendly community of Arcola was one of those rare gems we love to discover. A place where hippies, rag dolls, and Amish buggies are all part of the landscape
The small community’s historic downtown features a brick lined street and stately buildings housing unique shops where you can shop for arts and crafts, antiques, and hand crafted Amish furniture. The area is home to Illinois’ largest Old Order Amish settlement, and the Amish Interpretive Center downtown offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the Amish culture and their simple lifestyle. The Interpretive Center also provides guided tours of the local Amish community and can arrange meals in an Amish home.
Settled in the mid-1800s, Arcola was a major producer of locally grown broom corn, with nearly half of the broomcorn grown in the United States coming from the Arcola area. The town is proud of its title of Broom Corn Capital of the World, and every year the Broom Corn Festival, held the weekend after Labor Day, features broom activities, arts and crafts, street vendors, free entertainment, great food, and a parade.
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