Introduction to Wilmington, Illinois
Wilmington was established by Thomas Cox in 1836. It was then known as the town of Winchester. In 1834, Cox purchased a stretch of land near Alden's island. He constructed a corn cracker, carding machine, sawmill and gristmill. Its name was changed to Wilmington in 1838. It was officially incorporated as a village in 1854, and in 1863 William Henneberry accidentally discovered coal in the area. This eventually led to its incorporation as a city. The first mayor of Wilmington was John H. Daniels.
Wilmington and nearby Attractions
- Lockport Pioneer Settlement
- Illinois and Michigan Canal Museum
- Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area
- Tinley Park Historical Society and Museum
- Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife Area
- Route 66 Highway
Things To Do In Wilmington
Wilmington also offers easy access to historic sites and museums like the Tinley Park Historical Society and Museum, the Illinois and Michigan Canal Museum, the Glady Fox Museum, the Lockport Pioneer Settlement, the Gaylord Building and the Exploration Station. Other popular local attractions include the Shedd Aquarium, the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, the Cosley Zoo, the Adler Planetarium and the Brookfield Zoo. The community also hosts the Catfish Days Festival, which features a downtown flea market, a carnival, parades and catfish dinners.
Air transportation is available from Chicago Midway International Airport.
Wilmington Higher Education
Joliet Junior College, Olivet Nazarene University and North Central College are some of the local colleges and universities.