Effingham county was formed in 1831 from parts of Crawford County and Fayette County. It is located in southern Illinois and is named for General Edward Effingham who served with General Ewing in the Black Hawk War. Later he surveyed the county and, as was common practice then, the county was then named after him.
The first settlers began arriving in 1814 and were primarily farmers moving west along the Cumberland Trail. There was stagnant growth in the area until the 1850's when the railroad came through and changed the face of the rural setting with its hotels and retail establishments.
The county seat is Effingham and the population on July 1, 1999, was 33,786, an increase of 2,082 over the 1990 census. Effingham is located at the intersection of Interstate 57 and Interstate 70.
Other Illinois Counties nearby:
(Greenville) Bond County
(Taylorville) Christian County
(Marshall) Clark County
(Louisville) Clay County
(Charleston) Coles County
(Robinson) Crawford County
11/29 Coming to The Effingham area
International Bar-B-Q Festival Owensboro KY May10-11 The Owensboro riverfront becomes a hub of activity when cooking teams gather to compete with their secret recipes for barbecue.
Historic Newburgh Wine, Art and Jazz Festival Newburgh IN May17-18 There will be non stop jazz, wonderful wines, great food, and the opportunity to browse and purchase local art. All of this overlooking the beautiful Ohio River at the Old Lock & Dam Park.
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.
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.