Introduction to Greenville, Illinois
Greenville is the county seat of Bond County, which was founded in 1817. The county, which was initially part of Madison County, was named after Shadrach Bond. The first post office was built in 1819, and Greenville town was incorporated in 1855. In 1872, it was incorporated as a city. Some believe that Greenville was named after a city of the same name in North Carolina, while others believe that Nathanael Greene, a Revolutionary War general, was the inspiration behind the name. Several other speculations regarding the source of the city's name also exist.
Greenville and Nearby Attractions
- Stephen A. Forbes State Park
- Hoiles-Davis Museum
- South Shore State Park
- Bock Museum
- Kingsbury Nature Preserve
- Vandalia Statehouse
Things To Do In Greenville
Greenville has numerous parks, museums, and historical sites nearby that people may visit. The Vandalia Statehouse is one of the tourist attractions near the city. Local museums include Alton Museum of History and Art, Heritage House Museum, and William Jennings Bryan Museum. Parks near the city include Beaver Dam State Park, Coffeen Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, Stephen A. Forbes State Park, and South Shore State Park. These parks offer opportunities for hiking, camping, boating, swimming, and picnicking.
Air transportation is available from St Louis Regional Airport.
Greenville Higher Education
Greenville College is the local college. Nearby colleges include Southwestern Illinois College, Lewis And Clark Community College, and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.