OUR HISTORY

historical photo of milledgeville, il
historical photo of milledgeville, il
historical photo of milledgeville, il

The Building of 'Old Town'

After the Mill was built in 1834, people began to settle here, with homes being built on both sides of the road going west from the mill to what is now Route 40. "Old Town" was settled on the four blocks going west of Route 40. Old Town's Main Street is now called Old Mill Road. Main Street consisted of several general stores, two hotels, a livery stable, a shoe shop, taverns, a pool hall, several blacksmiths, a bank, a post office and several other businesses the people of Old Town needed to function.

The town pump was located in the center of the intersection of what is now the Polo blacktop and Route 40. Families hand pumped water for drinking and household purposes. and a large tank provided water for horses and other animals.

By 1886, the town fathers raised $16,000 to encourage the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railroad to build a track through Milledgeville.

The Building of 'New Town'

The railroad was completed and trains were rolling through Milledgeville by 1886. The new depot was a busy place. People could travel easier, and Milledgeville opened itself up to the outside world. Businesses could purchase supplies at a lower cost. A second business district developed along the two blocks north of the tracks. New two-story brick buildings were built as well as several smaller wood frame buildings. Oil burning lamps were added to each street corner for the convenience of customers. As "New Town" grew, Old Town began to lose businesses. The two hotels, a livery stable and feed sheds were moved north of the tracks to take advantage of the increasing business opportunities. A newspaper article printed in 1887 said, "If Milledgeville isn't happy now, she never will be."

Milledgeville Public Library began the Milledgeville History project in June of 2006. It began with a large collection of photos and articles belonging to Bernie Hawkins, father of Lois Simmons. These were organized and placed into archival quality displays and are available for community viewing at the Library. We also welcome donations of old photos, newspapers or other items pertaining to the history of Milledgeville.

Chronology

1834 - Old Mill is built
1834 - Town founded in "Old Town"
1877 - Old grade school is built
1886 - CB&Q is completed
1886 - Milledgeville is incorporated
1903 - Milledgeville Farmer's Telephone opens
1914 - First street lights installed
1914 - Streets paved
1916 - Sewer installed
1917 - Kraft starts new business
1920 - High school is built
1923 - Mary Fletcher Library built
1925 - Sword's Hospital opened
1926 -Original Route 40 constructed
1931 - Shumway Bank fails
1939 - Village Hall built
1941 - Milledgeville State Bank incorporated
1947 - Old grade school burns
1948 - School district #312 organized
1952 - Fire protection district formed
1953 - First Carroll County Fair held
1963 - Park district formed

Contact Us

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344 Main Avenue
P.O. Box 639
Milledgeville, IL 61051
815-225-7231
After-hours non-emergency:
815-225-7134
After-hours emergency:
815-499-0217

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Kim Harting
Village Clerk & Collector
milledgevc@jcwifi.com
Jeff Hackbarth
Water, Streets & Sewer Superintendent
mvillewwtp@hotmail.com
Jim Haag
Chief of Police:
815-225-7134

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8:00am to Noon
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Monday-Friday

The Village Board meets the first and third Monday of each month at 7:30pm at the Village Hall, 344 Main Avenue. Meeting changes are posted at the Village Hall.