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Cass county is located in central Illinois and was formed in 1837 out of the northern part of Morgan County. It is named in honor of Brigadier Gen. Lewis Cass, an Ohioan that served as Secretary of State under President James Buchanan.

The county has several historic structures listed in the National Register including the Beardstown Grand Opera House and the Prairie Adobe House just outside Virginia, the county seat.

The Sangamon River empties into the Illinois River just north of Beardstown. The area is blessed with the Sanganois Conservation Area near Crane Lake. In addition, the Jim Edgar Panther Creek SFWA is located just NNE of Virginia.

The population on July 1, 1999, was 13,256, a decrease of 181 over the 1990 census.

For information on county government, contact the National Association of CountiesWeb site.

Additional information is available at these pages:

Location: Virginia Illinois

Other Illinois Counties nearby:
(Mt. Sterling) Brown County
(Virginia) Cass County
(Taylorville) Christian County
(Lewistown) Fulton County
(Carthage) Hancock County
(Lincoln) Logan County

10/18 Coming to The Virginia area
Peoria Heights Art Fair Peoria Heights IL May11 A great weekend is planned; the show coincides with the Race for the Cure and the Illinois Art League members show at the Village Hall. A hospitality tent will be open throughout the Art Fair with coffee and donuts in the morning and water and fruit during the day .
Belleville Art on the Square Belleville IL May17-19
Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair Springfield IL May18-19 Whether you are a serious art collector or are just developing an appreciation, there is original art here for you, in the form of jewelry, sculpture, photography, glassware, pottery, wood, metalwork, oils, watercolors, and other media.
Summer Camp Music Festival Chillicothe IL May24-26 The first Summer Camp Music Festival was held in 2001 at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL. About 1,000 attended the festival that year, and enjoyed over 20 bands on 2 stages over the course of 2 days. Since then, Summer Camp Music Festival has grown to more than 15,000 attendees, hosting more than 100 bands on 7 stages over 3 days.
International Horseradish Festival Collinsville IL May31-June2 Admission is always free, parking is always free and musical entertainment is always free at the Horseradish Festival.
Art on Main Fine Arts Festival Canton IL June1-2 This inaugural fine arts festival will feature original art from the best of our Midwest artists. Come to view and to purchase excellent art pieces in a variety of categories: Painting / Drawing, Jewelry, Clay / Ceramic, Photography, Glass, Sculpture, Woven Textiles, and Wood.