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Visitors Guide

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2017 Official Alton Visitors Guide
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calhoun county

Sitting just north of Grafton, a quick ride across the free Brussels Ferry takes you into Calhoun County and the rural villages of Batchtown, Brussels, Hardin, Hamburg and Kampsville. During the month of July, get your taste buds ready for the ever-popular Calhoun County peaches. Visitors come back to the orchards and roadside stands of Calhoun County year after year to pick up a peck of the peaches for which the county has become famous. In the fall, these same orchards and roadside stands are abundant with apples, cider and pumpkins for travelers embarking on a scenic drives through the country.

Just a few miles from the ferry, Brussels is a small country "village nestled between the rivers" and settled by German immigrants in 1822. Known for its home-cooked meals served family-style, Wittmond's Restaurant has become a favorite of visitors.Just a few miles from the ferry, Brussels is a small country "village nestled between the rivers" and settled by German immigrants in 1822. Known for its home-cooked meals served family-style, Wittmond's Restaurant has become a favorite of visitors.

One of the world's richest archeological regions with recorded human habitation dating back to the Early Archaic period can be found in Kampsville. The Center for Archeology, located at the other side of the Kampsville Ferry, conducts ongoing excavations and educates the public with a variety of programs offered throughout the year.

Just a mile south of the Kamspville Ferry, nature lovers will enjoy the McCully Heritage Project encompassing 940-acres of woodlands, prairies, wetlands and more than 12 miles of hiking trails.

Perhaps, Calhoun County is best known for the annual Old Settler's Days festival. Thousand of people come out each year in October to step back in time and experience the early life and history of Calhoun County with period entertainment, food and fun for all ages.

For more information on planning your visit to Calhoun County, go to www.visitcalhoun.com

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