Morgan county was formed in 1823 from parts of Madison County
and is located in west central Illinois, WSW of Springfield
, the State Capital. The current boundaries were set in 1845.
It is named for Daniel Morgan who rose through the military ranks to become a Brigadier General in the Revolutionary War. He commanded the "Rifle Brigade" and was involved in several skirmishes including the Cowpens battle in South Carolina. That battle, along with the Kings Mountain victory, turned the tide in favor of the patriots.
Educational opportunities in Morgan county include Illinois College and MacMurray College.
The county seat is Jacksonville and the county population on July 1, 1999, was 35,158, a decrease of 1,239 over the 1990 census.
For information on county government, contact the National Association of Counties Web site.
Additional information is available at these pages:
Other Illinois Counties nearby:
(Mt. Sterling) Brown County
(Virginia) Cass County
(Taylorville) Christian County
(Carrollton) Greene County
(Lincoln) Logan County
(Carlinville) Macoupin County
12/12 Coming to The Jacksonville 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.