Henderson county is named for a county in Kentucky which in turn was named for Colonel Richard Henderson, founder of the "Nation of Transylvania" in 1778 in what is now Kentucky.
The county was established in 1841 and is located in western Illinois on the banks of the Mississippi River.
Points of interest in the county include the United Methodist Church in Oquawka, the county seat. It has been in continuous use since 1842.
Bald Bluff Mound offers a panorama of the Mississippi River Valley 300 feet below. It was used as a lookout by pioneers and Native Americans alike. It is open to the public only during "Heritage Trail Days" each September.
The county population on July 1, 1999, was 8,593, an increase of 497 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:
(Oquawka) Henderson County
(Cambridge) Henry County
(Galesburg) Knox County
(Macomb) McDonough County
(Aledo) Mercer County
(Monmouth) Warren County
11/19 Coming to The Oquawka area
Dutch Days Festival Fulton IL May3-4 Arts and Crafts Vendors; Food and Concession Stands; Windmill Tours; Dutch Dancing and Costumes; Antique Tractor Display; Dutch Treasures Display; Heritage Canyon w/Early American Crafters; Hindeloopen Painting Demo and Sales; Stippling Display and Parade.
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 .
Marion Arts Festival Marion IA May18 the festival offers a high caliber, fully accessible cultural experience – a day of fine art and flip flops, families and connoisseurs, fun and education.
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.
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.