Local Attractions

Don’t let visitors have all the fun! Be a tourist in your hometown and discover all that the Sterling/Rock Falls area has to offer. Museums and historic sites help the past to come alive. Sterling’s ongoing mural project is a treat for art lovers—and historians. And everyone will enjoy the small-town charm of farm tours, corn mazes and distinctive local shops. 

Albany Indian Mounds State Historic Site
One of the state’s most important archeological sites. Learn how this impressive find proves that our area has been occupied by humans for more than 10,000 years!
Asa Crook Home
The area’s first two-story house, this home was built by Whiteside County’s first settler in 1839 and has served as an inn, church, school and post office over its 170+ year history.
680 East Third Street
Prophetstown, IL 61277

Dillon Home Museum
Built in 1858, this lovely home is an excellent example of the Italianate architecture that was popular in the Midwest in the mid-late 1800s.
1005 East Third Street
Sterling, IL 61081

John Deere Historic Site
This enterprising blacksmith created a plow that helped farmers conquer the sticky Midwestern soil. See his home and an archeological exhibit of his original blacksmith shop.
8393 South Main
Grand Detour, IL 61021

Lee County Historical Society
Did you know that our area has historical ties to Abraham Lincoln, John Deere, Orson Welles, Charles Walgreen and Ronald Reagan?
113 Madison Avenue – PO Box 58
Dixon, IL 61021-0058

Martin House Museum
This Civil War-era home has extensive local memorabilia and a genealogy research room.
707 Tenth Avenue
Fulton, IL 61252-1372

Little Red School House
Discover what a one-room schoolhouse was really like with a visit to this faithful replica. Open by appointment.
508 Eleventh Street
Rock Falls, IL 61071

Rock Falls Fire Department Museum
Firefighting enthusiasts will enjoy this history-packed museum that includes a variety of memorabilia and apparatus.
603 West Tenth Street
Rock Falls, IL 61071

Ronald Reagan’s Birthplace
See where the 40th president was born and spent his early years. This restored and furnished apartment includes historical photos, letters and memorabilia.
111 South Main Street
Tampico, IL 61283

Sterling Mural Society
More than a dozen murals celebrate the rich history of our 18th and 19th century past.
PO Box 1271
Sterling, IL 61081-1271

Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society
Located on the grounds of the Dillon Home Museum, this collection traces the history of our community from prehistoric times to the modern industrial era.
1005 East Third Street PO Box 65
Sterling, IL 61081

Sterling/Rock Falls has easy access to some of the best live sports around including:

Minor League Baseball:

Clinton LumberKings Minor League Baseball

Quad Cites River Bandits


Quad City Mallards

Get to know us today and we think you'll see
why Sterling/Rock Falls is just where you belong.

1200 Sixth Avenue
PO Box 1200
Columbus, GA 31902-1200
Phone (706) 327-1566 or
(800) 360-8552
Fax (706) 327-7512
[email protected]