DescriptionLewistown was founded in 1821 by Ossian Ross, who named the town after his son. In 1823 Lewistown became the county seat for newly created Fulton County. Since then the town has had several noted visitors and citizens. Stephen A. Douglas served as circuit court judge in the Fulton County Courthouse, where on Aug. 17, 1858, Abraham Lincoln delivered his “Return to the Fountain” speech. Prolific author Edgar Lee Masters lived in Lewistown and modeled much of his most famous work, “Spoon River Anthology,” about people and places in the town.
Visitor InfoLewistown and Fulton County Visitors Center 222 S. Main St. LEWISTOWN, IL 61542. Phone:(309)547-4300
Things to SeeDickson Mounds State Museum