Introduction to Marion, Illinois
Marion was platted in 1839 with the purpose of making it the county seat of the newly-created Williamson County. It was named after Gen. Francis Marion, who was a Revolutionary War hero. Marion was the scene of a great disaster in May 1982, when it was hit by one of the most destructive tornadoes in the history of Illinois.
Marion and nearby Attractions
- Shawnee Hills Wine Trail
- Ferne Clyffe State Park
- Giant City State Park
- Bald Knob Cross
- Garden of the Gods
- Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge
Things To Do In Marion
Marion attracts a healthy number of tourists through the year. It offers varied and excellent shopping and dining opportunities. Due to its location, Marion plays the role of a hub city. Tourists frequently use the city as a base, as its proximity to many popular locations allows them to make day trips to scenic attractions, historic sites, parks, environmental areas and wineries in the neighboring areas.
Williamson County Regional Airport is nearby.
Marion Higher Education
John A. Logan College, Southern Illinois University and Southeast Missouri State University provide opportunities for higher education.