Attractions in Clinton County Illinois

History buffs will have plenty of things to do & sites to discover during their stay in the Carlyle Lake area with opportunities to learn about the rich agriculture and mining history of Clinton County. View the General Dean Suspension Bridge, the Cholera Cross, and the Coal Miners’ Monument. Tour Breese Historical Park & Garden and an exact replica of a Civil War fort. Built in the late 1800s as a private home, the Clinton County Historical Museum is a must-see, holding many artifacts and history from the area.

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You also don’t want to miss a tour of Excel Bottling Co. in Breese, IL, where Ski and other all-natural, pure cane sodas have been produced since the mid-30s. In 2012 Excel Brewing was established, home to several craft beers including Carlyle Lake Lager and Shoal Creek Oktoberfest, Wheat, & Winter Ale, Hop Heist, Piague Bringer and Double IPA.

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Breese Historical Park & Garden

496 N Second St, Breese, IL 62230

Peruse Breese’s history in photographs, memorials and on the granite pyramid in this neighborhood park. Benches and seasonal plants make this a quiet spot for rest and reflection....

Excel Bottling Co.

488 S Broadway, Breese, IL 62230

Tours are offered of the Ski and Craft Beer bottling plant. Never heard of Ski? You have a treat in store. This is a great opportunity to see how these favorite drinks are actually made....

Civil War Fort

6251 Shoal Creek Rd, Germantown, IL 62245

Visit an exact replica of a Civil War Fort complete with a jail, one room home, livery and log cabins. Be sure to see the display of area churches and other buildings all done in miniature. The churches have as … Continue reading ...

Clinton County Historical Museum

1091 Franklin St, Carlyle, IL 62231

Built in the late 1800s as a private home, the museum holds many artifacts from the area, including genealogical material, books and periodicals on the history of the county. Every Thursday except the first Thursday of the month from 10 … Continue reading ...

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General Dean Suspension Bridge

First Street, East Side, Carlyle, IL 62231

Built in 1859, the bridge is named in honor of William F. Dean, a Korean War hero, and is now also known as the “Swinging Bridge” by some in the local community....

Makraft Brewing Company

531 South Poplar , Centralia, IL 62801

Hours: Thursday – Saturday 4:00 – 9:00...

Excel Brewing Company

488 South Broadway, Breese, IL 62230

Excel is best known for it’s signature pure cane sugar soda SKI, the Excel Bottling Company broadened it’s market to include hoppy West Coast-style beers and traditional German-style Lagers. Call for group tours. Hours: Monday & Tuesday – 8:00 – … Continue reading ...

Roundhouse Wine Company

1938 Dogwood Lane, Centralia, IL 62801

Heartland Rivers Wine Trail – Hidden Lake Winery

10580 Wellen Rd, Aviston, IL 62216

Walk the trails around the 5-acre lake or sit and enjoy the waterfall and views of the Silent Forest. The beautiful banquet center has space for all size groups or you can book the gazebo for your group....

Twelve Oaks Vineyards

18975 Vogel Rd, Carlyle, IL 62231

Twelve Oaks Vineyard offers a wide variety of wines. New to the list is Flight of the Red Baron, a sweet red. Vignoles was added in 2016. Also offering Chambourcin, Norton, Traminette, Cayuga White and Hummingbird Dance. Feel free to … Continue reading ...

Coal Miners Monument

Louis St by American Legion, Beckemeyer, IL 62219

Joseph Koch, who along with eight other local miners died in a mine explosion in 1947, is depicted here....

Heartland Rivers Wine Trail – Bretz Wildlife Lodge & Winery

15469 State Rte 127, Carlyle, IL 62231

Not only can you sample fine local wines, but the restaurant serves first-rate barbecue. Banquet facilities are also available....

A Fine Swine BBQ

423 West Hanover Street, New Baden, IL 62265

The Barbecue joint that prides itself in serving “championship” barbecue to the community, with fresh and high quality meats. Four types of meat are served – pork, brisket, ribs and chicken. Offering numerous fresh-made sides, desserts and Excel fountain soda … Continue reading ...

Heartland Rivers Wine Trail – Crooked Creek Winery

24585 W 10th Street Rd, Centralia, IL 62801

Handcrafted Illinois wines are made in a peaceful, country setting. Open for tastings Fri, Sat & Sun afternoons....

Cholera Cross

1 Mile S of Old Hwy 50 on Germantown Rd, Breese, IL 62230

The original wooden cross was erected in 1850 by a farmer in thanksgiving for his family being spared during a cholera epidemic. Subsequent owners of the property have repaired and replaced it....