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Barn Storming Calhoun County

Take part in a barn stormin’ of Calhoun County on a barn quilt tour where the pride of their heritage can be seen on barns throughout the county. This one to two day tour includes stops at a few of the roadside stands along the way plus a visit to the Center for American Archeology in Kampsville.

Barn Quilts

Explore Calhoun History while taking a self-guided driving tour of over 80 quilt blocks displayed on barns and buildings throughout the county. Each quilt block is painted with a pattern from a family quilty representing the history of residents who settled Calhoun. There are three trails to choose from that guide you along various points of interest. The quilts and barns are on display all year and can be viewed from public roadways.  You can reach Calhoun County by taking a relaxing ride across the Illinois River on the Brussels Ferry. Make sure to stop at some of the roadside orchards to pick up fresh produce and fruits during the late spring to late fall season. Calhoun is known for its juicy, ripe peaches and apples.

Center for American Archeology

On the north end of the county, you’ll stop at the Center for American Archeology Visitors’ Center & Museum, which is housed within the historic Kamp Store building and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. While the majority of its award-winning exhibits focus on the fascinating prehistory of the lower Illinois River Valley, the Museum also features exhibits about the historical period in Illinois and the history of the Kamp Store itself.

Travel back to Hardin and cross the Illinois River on Joe Page Bridge. This is a lift bridge with a lift span of 308 feet, 9 inches. Just at the foot of the bridge is one more roadside market.

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Calhoun County Barn Quilts

The Calhoun County Barn Quilt Project began in 2008 as a community based effort to promote and preserve the agricultural and rural heritage of Calhoun County. The county’s unique geography lends itself to agritourism, and the project is geared to stimulate the economy without sacrificing the natural beauty and rich heritage our residents cherish. The quilts and barns represent the women and men who settled this county. Many of the present residents are direct descendants. The outdoor paintings...

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Center for American Archeology

Located in Kampsville, the Center for American Archeology is dedicated to discovering and disseminating the unwritten story of the humans that occupied the region surrounding the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers for more than 10,000 years. The Visitor's Center and Museum, housed in the historic Kamp Store, offers a variety of exhibits focusing on the 10,000 year pre-history of the lower Illinois River Valley, the archeological history of Illinois and the history of the Kamp...