Historic Route 66
Travelers along the Mother Road can visit a confectionary converted to a winery, plus a number of Route 66 taverns including the Hi-Way Tavern, a recent Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame inductee. Route 66 had two alignments through the heart of Edwardsville, the most prominent following what is now Route 157. Edwardsville has hosted a Route 66 Festival and car show on the second weekend of June since 1997.
St. Louis Street Historic District
Beautiful and diverse architecture from Georgian to Prairie styles have placed this neighborhood on the National Register of Historic Places. Walking tour guides are available at City Hall.
Madison County Historical Museum and Archival Library
MCHS has been collecting artifacts, documents and photographs to preserve the history of Madison County for nearly a century.
715 N. Main Street
618-656-7562 ⬥ www.MadCoHistory.org
MCT Trail System
A cyclist’s delight, Edwardsville is the hub for over 100 miles of paved Madison County bike trails.
Parking at Nelson and Longfellow Avenues
Maps available at: www.mcttrails.org
Watershed Nature Center
Enjoy wandering the trails of this peaceful 40-acre nature preserve comprised of wetlands, prairies and lowland forests located only a few blocks from downtown Edwardsville. Free admittance.
1591 Tower Avenue
618-692-7578 ⬥ firstname.lastname@example.org
Edwardsville Children’s Museum
Education stations in the historic Leclaire School House include an ice cream parlor, florist shop, bank, fire station, and a YMCA fitness center, plus areas for dress-up play where imagination can go wild!
722 Holyoake Road
618-692-2094 ⬥ www.edwardsvillechildrensmuseum.org
Land of Goshen Community Market
An established farmer’s market offering produce, plants and the work of dozens of local artisans, the Land of Goshen Market is in the heart of historic downtown Edwardsville. Free and open to the public.
St. Louis Street at Main Street
Saturday mornings, 8 am – Noon, May-October
Leclaire Historic District
The charming former village of Leclaire, founded in 1890 as an experiment in cooperative living, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Leclaire Parkfest on the 3rd Sunday in October delights visitors with live music, festival food, artisans, exhibits and a used book sale at historic Leclaire Park. Walking tour guides are available at City Hall or at the Stephenson House.
Col Benjamin Stephenson House
The beautifully restored 1820 Stephenson House offers tours by costumed docents who represent the Stephenson family, their neighbors and servants. Discover how the house is linked to the earliest days of the Illinois Territory and the establishment of Edwardsville as a center of government and commerce.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Especially the Gardens at SIUE and the
Historic Wildey Theatre
Concerts, films, live theater and many other events are held at the beautifully restored 1909 Wildey Theatre.
Visit their web site for a full schedule of events.
252 N. Main Street
618-307-2053 ⬥ www.wildeytheatre.org
Wildey Video Cheryl Eichar Jett Miles of Possibility Conference 2015 by KC Keefer"Genuine Route 66 Life" Filmed April 21, 2015, at the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville, Illinois. Produced by KC Keefer with Nancy Barlow
Buckminster Fuller Geodesic Dome
Cathcart-Goddard Tourist Inn and Cabins 452-454 E. Vandalia St.
Edison’s Entertainment Complex: Nestled along Route 66, Edison’s is Edwardsville’s home of Genius Level Fun for Everyone! Featuring boutique bowling, laser tag, a 55 game state-of-the-art arcade, and a full-service bar and restaurant, Edison’s is a family-friendly destination for food & fun. From pizzas to wings and burgers to beers, Edison’s is the perfect environment where the kids can play while mom & dad relax. Check out Edison’s Specials including UNLIMITED bowling, laser tag, and arcade for just $15 or $20, or to learn more, visit www.edisonsfun.com. Edison’s…what a bright idea!