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"Gateway to Illinois' Old Order Amish Settlement"

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Arcola is located in central Illinois in Douglas County about 30 miles southeast of Decatur between Champaign and Mattoon along Interstate 57 east of the Kaskaskia River.

The self-proclaimed "Broom Corn Capital of the World", this classic Amish community is highlighted by the Illinois Amish Interpretive Center. Check out the Arcola Depot Welcome Center where they will show you "how" to explore this beautiful historic area. Be sure to take in the "Raggedy Ann" collection, enjoy meals in Amish homes and buy Amish-made quilts, apple butter, rugs and more. In addition, they are noted as being gifted furniture makers.

The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was 2,841, an increase of 163 since 1990.


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