Explore Mercer County


Films, music, history and more – it’s all here in Mercer County!

Aledo Opera House

The newly reopened theatre shows current, feature-length films. It was established in 1904, and began showing films in 1906. Here you’ll find family friendly entertainment in a historic setting with character to match.The theater has 418 seats on its main floor and balconies, and sells concessions on the first floor.


Aledo Central Park Band Shell

Located in downtown Aledo, the Central Park Band Shell plays host to many free summer concerts & performances May through September. Built in September 2005, this Governor's Hometown Award winning project houses public restrooms and an in-house sound system. 


Essley-Noble Museum

Essley-Noble opened in 1954, featuring prehistoric Native American artifacts. It currently houses the Mercer County Historical Society and offers a wide variety of historic community artifacts. 


Keithsburg Museum

Located at City Hall in the old grade school, this museum offers five rooms of local historical artifacts.


New Boston Museum

One of many historic buildings on Main Street, this museum showcases old architecture and artifacts of Abraham Lincoln’s time.


Downtown Aledo Historic District

Since its founding in 1855, the Downtown Aledo Historic District (DAHD) endures as a locally significant district as the heart of local commerce, Mercer County government, local and regional transportation, education, and local community culture for the City of Aledo. Each building in the district reflects the trend in national architecture from the period it was constructed. The District is eligible Criterion A for Commerce, Education, Entertainment/Recreation, Transportation, and Politics/Government and Criterion C for Architecture. The District, which continues to function as it has historically with a mixture of commercial, industrial, governmental, educational, recreational, social, and transportation resources, was listed in the National Register on June 7, 2016.



Blue Spruce Lodge

503 SE 3rd St, Aledo, Illinois 61231

The Blue Spruce Lodge is a well-kept, 10 room motel-style facility located three blocks east of downtown Aledo. Amenities include a private bath, cable TV, and complimentary internet in each guest room. The Blue Spruce Lodge is under new ownership in 2016.

For more information & reservations call (309) 582-2533.

The Slammer Bed & Breakfast

309 S College Ave, Aledo, Illinois 61231

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997, this former Mercer County Jail was converted into a Bed & Breakfast in 1998. Amenities include continental breakfast, TV/DVD player in each room, and alarm clock. The Slammer and Great Escape are under new management in 2016.

For more information visit: http://www.theslammer.net/ or for reservations call (309) 582-5359.

Lazy Acres Lodge

501 S 14th St, Keithsburg, Illinois 

Enjoy a relaxing night or a weekend getaway at this peaceful lodge located near the Mississippi River. Featuring three theme rooms, Lazy Acres offers a quiets night stay. Amenities include a kitchenette, plasma TV, hot tub, patio and more. 

For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/lazyacrelodge/ or call (319) 768-8820.