Introduction to Rockton, Illinois
Rockton, Illinois, in Winnebago county, is 12 miles N of Rockford, Illinois and 71 miles SW of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The village is included in the Rockford metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 5,296 people lived in Rockton.
Rockton was originally inhabited by Native Americans. Stephen Mack Jr. is the credited founder of the community of Rockton. In the 1840s and 1850s, a large number of French-Canadians moved to Rockton.
Rockton and nearby Attractions
- Beckman Mill
- Rock Cut State Park
- Burpee Museum of Natural History
- Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden
- Brodhead Depot Museum
- Logan Museum of Anthropology
Things To Do In Rockton
Th Beckman Mill, a restored mill dating back to the 1860s, and the Tallman House, an Italian villa constructed by abolitionist W.M. Tallman are each accessible from Rockton. The Burpee Museum of Natural History, the Brodhead Depot Museum, the Midway Village & Museum Center and the Rockford Art Museum are the local museums. Local golfers can enjoy a round at the Victorian Golf Course, the Ingersoll Golf Course or at the Turtle Greens Golf Club. The community also celebrates the Rhubarb Fest every May and the Old Settlers Days every July.
Air transportation is available from the Dane County Regional Airport.
Rockton Higher Education
Rock Valley College, Kishwaukee College and the University of Wisconsin are some of the local colleges and universities.