Introduction to Charleston, Illinois
The area now known as Charleston was originally inhabited by Native Americans for thousands of years. Europeans settled in this area during the first half of the 19th century. Benjamin Parker was its first permanent settler. The city of Charleston was incorporated in 1865 and named after its first postmaster, Charles Morton. The Eastern Illinois State Normal School was established in 1895 in Charleston. The school later was named Eastern Illinois University. Charleston is also the site of one of the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates.
Charleston and nearby Attractions
- Fox Ridge State Park
- Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site
- Walnut Point State Park
- Raggedy Ann & Andy Museum
- Kaskaskia River State Fish & Wildlife Area
- Hidden Springs State Forest
Things To Do In Charleston
While staying in Charleston, you can visit the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Museum and Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site. The local parks include Lakeview Park, Sister City Park, North Park, Kiwanis Park, Reasor Park, Heritage Woods Park, and VFW Way Park. You can enjoy fishing and boating on Lake Charleston. The Lafferty Nature Study Area and Woodyard Conservation Area are also worth visiting. In addition, the city of Charleston organizes numerous recreational programs throughout the year.
Coles County Memorial Airport is nearby.
Charleston Higher Education
Eastern Illinois University is the local university. Other colleges and universities offering higher educational facilities are Lake Land College, Parkland College, and University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign.