Introduction to Jerseyville, Illinois
Jerseyville, Illinois, in Jersey county, is 22 miles N of Florissant, Missouri and 34 miles N of St. Louis, Missouri. The city is included in the Saint Louis metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 7,984 people lived in Jerseyville.
In 1827, James Faulkner built the Little Red House, which had the first stagecoach station, bank and school in the area. Settlements slowly grew in this area, and by 1834 it came to be known as Hickory Grove. This area was platted by two immigrants from New Jersey, and merchants and businessmen steadily arrived from the region. Jerseyville was selected in honor of the settlers from New Jersey.
Jerseyville and nearby Attractions
- Alton Museum of History and Art
- Cahokia Mounds
- Beaver Dam State Park
- Mississippi River State Fish and Wildlife Area
- Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Things To Do In Jerseyville
The Alton Museum of History and Art may interest those hoping to learn more about the area’s history. Other museums in this area include the Bethalto Historical Museum and the Calhoun County Historical Museum. The Pere Marquette State Park offers horseback riding, boating, hiking, fishing and biking opportunities. The Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary and the Butterfly House and Education Center are nearby as well.
Lambert-St Louis International is the nearest major airport.
Jerseyville Higher Education
Lewis and Clarke Community College, Saint Louis Community College, the University of Missouri and Principia College are some of the nearby colleges and universities.