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Welcome to Mt. Vernon


Welcome to Mt. Vernon, the business, financial, cultural and entertainment center of Jefferson County.  Mt. Vernon is just minutes from some of the finest outdoor recreation in the Midwest, the Rend Lake Recreation area, that offers a fishing, boating, and hunting paradise for the outdoor enthusiast. 


Cultural offerings in Mt. Vernon include the magnificent Cedarhurst Center for the Arts complex that features the art museum, sculpture park, programs and events including the nationally acclaimed Cedarhurst Craft Fair held each fall on the weekend after Labor Day.  The Jefferson County Historical Village offers a look back into the history of the settlers of the area and their lifestyle with authentic log cabins and a museum interpretive center.

Other attractions include the Appellate Courthouse where Abraham Lincoln represented clients, the C. E. Brehm Library with its impressive genealogy collection, plus acres of public parks, golf courses, raceway, winery, and much more. 


Come see why Mt. Vernon is such a popular travel destination in Southern Illinois.



"Galaxy 1" Dedicated 2001 - Ray Katz


"Abe App"

If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can click on this link: or go to the iTunes App Store and in the search area, insert “Abe App.” The app should appear and you can download it for free. You can also search under other keywords such as “Lincoln,” but you will have to scroll through many other Lincoln-related apps to get to this one as it is based on the number of downloads.

The Abe App allows people of all ages to learn hundreds of interesting and often little known facts about Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. President.

App subscribers are given a fact or quote of the day about Lincoln, frequently accompanied by an image of an authentic Lincoln artifact or document from the permanent collection of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Museum or Foundation. Each daily fact or quote illuminates an aspect of Lincoln’s life. Subscribers can take an interactive multiple choice quiz on the day’s fact or an interactive monthly quiz about Lincoln. Monthly quizzes enable subscribers to accrue points redeemable for special Lincoln-related offers.

Features include:

•Hundreds of facts and quiz questions on Lincoln’s life and times

•A myriad of quotes featuring quotes by and about Lincoln

•Hundreds of digital images of authentic Lincoln/Lincoln-related documents and artifacts from the collections of the Lincoln Presidential Library, Museum and Foundation

•A digital photographic tour of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and link to its website

Think you know about Abraham Lincoln? Download the Abe App and see…

The Abe App is produced by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation.

Things to Do
A link to attractions in the Mt. Vernon area


Visitor Resources
Our Mt. Vernon Visitors Guide provides a wealth of information on the area


Where to Stay
Mt. Vernon features more than 1,100 guest rooms within 13 fine hotel and two historic B & B properties


Mt. Vernon's dining options include local fine and casual dining along with a large number of familiar chain restaurants