Jersey county, named for a shire (county) in England, was created in 1839 out of parts of Greene County and lies in the southwestern area of Illinois along the Mississippi River just north of St Louis. The Illinois River forms the western county line.
Among the historically significant sites in the county is the Charles Brainerd House, a Queen Anne-style brick and slate structure built in 1881 in Grafton. He was a long-time superintendent for the Grafton Quarry Company.
Grafton is fortunate to have Pere Marquette State Park and the Mississippi River SFWA in the vicinity where bald eagles can be seen throughout the winter.
The county seat is Jerseyville and the county population on July 1, 1999, was 21,573, an increase of 1,034 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:
(Greenville) Bond County
(Hardin) Calhoun County
(Carrollton) Greene County
(Jerseyville) Jersey County
(Carlinville) Macoupin County
(Edwardsville) Madison County
10/02 Coming to The Jerseyville area
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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.
Western Illinois Fair Griggsville IL June26-30 Loads of fun for the whole family. Food, entertainment, rides, games, agricultural exhibits, animals, commercial vendors, kids activities, plus a whole lot more.
Italian Fest Collinsville IL September20-21 For over 25 years, Collinsville IL has been celebrating the Italian culture and heritage that our city was built on. The Fest is a family friendly event and there really is something for everyone.