One Big, Small Town
Centrally located in the middle of the state, the Decatur-Forsyth area is an ideal hub from which to explore all of central Illinois. Following the Looking for Lincoln trail? You’ll find him here as you visit fifteen wayside exhibits that commemorate Abraham Lincoln’s ties to the area. At the Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial, you’ll see a bronze plaque that marks the site of the Lincoln family’s first Illinois home which was located about ten miles straight west of Decatur on the Sangamon River. Other notable spots include the site of Lincoln’s first political speech, and the site where he was nominated to run for President of the United States at the 1860 GOP Convention.
The Decatur-Forsyth area offers a wonderful cultural tourism experience as well: quaint shops in a charming historic downtown business district, galleries exhibiting all media of art, and a wide variety of unique, quality restaurants. There are also numerous events and festivals that take place in our area each year encompassing arts, crafts, music, dance, fun fairs, sports, and just about anything else you can imagine!
There’s something special happening in Decatur. Residents are investing in a future that fosters a community-wide sense of pride, togetherness, and enthusiastic spirit for getting things done!
The Decatur Area Convention & Visitors Bureau of Illinois stands ready to help you make the most of your time in our area. Whether you’re looking for the perfect spot for a family getaway, or the site of your next meeting, convention, or sporting tournament, the Decatur-Forsyth area has plenty to offer everyone and we want to share it with you…WELCOME!