Arthur..."The Heart of the Illinois Amish Country," is a town of 2,200 residents located 10 miles west of Interstate 57 off exit 203. the friendly, down-home atmosphere helps to back up its motto, "Where you're a stranger only once."
Illinois Amish Country's surrounding Amish settlement, established in 1865 by a handful of families, has grown to over 3,000 members. The Amish work rich farmland of the area with teams of six to eight horse hitches, and the Amish ' horse-drawn, black buggies are a common sight around the Amish country.
The downtown business districts are filled with a variety of gift shops, fine clothing stores, unique craft shops, furniture shops and several restaurants. The surrounding countryside is dotted with many Amish shops, as well as a major theme park, Rockome Gardens. Rockome features attractive flower and rock gardens, gift shops, and other activities.