Historic Barn Tour - Self-Guided

Various Locations throughout McDonough County

Since the beginning of settlement after the War of 1812, McDonough County has enjoyed a rich and varied agricultural history. Almost thirty barns dating from the early part of the 20th century remain standing today. While some have been well maintained and restored others stand in silent tribute to an era when butter was churned on the porch and dirt roads were for getting to and from. The barns are of various styles from gambrels, to half pitch, to stick. A true round barn is very unusual and is just north of Argyle Lake State Park. Since many of the barns are on private property, we ask all to respect the owners privacy and take photos from the road. The barns are part of self guided tours and may be done anytime during the year.

To get a copy of the Historic Barn Brochure contact our office via email: macvb@macomb.com or feel free to call us at 309.833.1315.

More historic Macomb attractions.

Looking for Lincoln Exhibit

McDonough County Courthouse Lawn

On the lawn of the McDonough County Courthouse you will find the Abraham Lincoln storyboard exhibit. The display represents the history of Lincoln in Macomb, IL with photographs and text written by Macomb historian Ray Krey. These exhibits can be found throughout the State, each representing the significance of Lincoln's presence in each area.

McDonough County Courthouse

Courthouse Square
Macomb, IL 61455

The McDonough County Courhouse centers the town square of Macomb. It was build in 1872 at a cost of $155,370. A renovation in 1978-1979 helped to preserve the original stone and brick exterior and the walnut and oak interior. The building still serves the needs of the people as the center of county government.

Old Bailey House

100 South Campbell
Macomb, IL 61455

This elegant Eastlake style Victorian home was built in 1887 by W. S. Bailey. Bailey was the founder and first president of what is now MidAmerica National Bank. The home features hardwood floors, wood and iron fireplaces, elegant lighting fixtures and a large eleborate cherry staircase. The main floor is open to the public on weekedays from 8 to 5 and by special appointment. It is also available for receptions and private functions.


1405 East Jackson
Macomb, IL 61455


Rialto Cinemas opened in Macomb in the Summer of 2009. The theatre has 7 screens and features Dolby sound and picture quality and comfortable theatre seating.

DTS Sound
Handicap Accessible
Stadium Seating

University Art Gallery

Western Illinois University

The Art Gallery on the campus of WIU offers opportunities for study of the arts and the diverse cultures that produced them. The Art Gallery features original works from artists in many different mediums. Exhibitions change regularly for aesthetic enrichment. It is located just north of the WIU administration building, Sherman Hall. During the school year it is open to the public from 9 to 4 Monday thru Friday and from 6 to 8 on Tuesdays evenings and during exhibitions. The Art Gallery is closed on holidays and during school breaks. Tours are available.

West Central Illinois Arts Center

25 East Side Square
Macomb, IL 61455

View and purchase works of art from regional artists and enjoy the aesthetic of various artistic philosophies. Exhibits change frequently. Hours are Wednesday through Friday 10 to 5 and Saturday from 8 to 5. Available to rent for meetings and events.


Museum of Geology

Western Illinois University
Tillman Hall

The Museum of Geology is located on the campus of WIU and founded in 1975. It has more than 40 displays showing earth history, materials and resources. The museum is open to the public from 9 to 12 and 1 to 4:40 Monday through Friday and by special arrangement. Admission is free.

The Outskirts Fun Center

201 Shady Ln.
Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: 309.837.1970

Phone: (309) 837-1970
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Diggers College City Bowl Inc.

123 E Adams St.
Macomb, IL 61455

Ball Fore Family Entertainment Center

U.S. Highway 136 West, on the west edge of Macomb

Miniature golf, driving range, batting cages.

Disc Golf

Everwood Course or Sipolt Memorial Disc Golf Course