Mason county was formed in 1841 from parts of Tazewell County and is named for George Mason, author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights.
It is located in central Illinois midway between Springfield and Peoria.
The county seat, Havana, is located on the banks of the Illinois River and the county population on July 1, 1999, was 16,797, an increase of 528 over the 1990 census. Havana is also the home of the Rockwell Mounds, the second largest Native American Burial Grounds dating back to about 1200 A.D. The Mounds cover about two acres and stand 14 feet high.
Natural features and attractions include the Sand Ridge State Forest, Chautauqua Lake (part of the Chautauqua NWR) and the Sangamon River.
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
(Lewistown) Fulton County
(Lincoln) Logan County
(Havana) Mason County
(Macomb) McDonough County
12/05 Coming to The Havana 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 .
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.
Quad City Pride Fest Davenport IA June1-2 The festival is a street fair, a shopping mecca, a non-stop cavalcade of regional entertainment, a carnival, an interactive arts & sports jubilee, a smorgasbord of summer treats, and an open air picnic with a few thousand close friends, all capped off with a night of fireworks and a “new-fashioned” revival!
Gebhard Woods Dulcimer and Traditional Music Festival Morris IL June8-9 Relax with the sweet sounds of hammered and mountain dulcimers at the Gebhard Woods Dulcimer Festival. Gebhard Woods is a beautiful Illinois state park with trails to hike and ride on, rivers and streams to fish in, and plenty of great music to enjoy learning and listening to.