About Cass County


Cass County is the home of Arenzville, Ashland, Beardstown, Bluff Springs, Chandlerville and Virginia. Nestled in the hills and prairies of west central Illinois, Cass County is the ideal place to raise a family, start a business, attend college, and pursue outdoor activities on the Illinois River or at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area. Each village has unique community events to attend. There is something for everyone in Cass County. Click here to visit http://www.seecass.com/


The Beardstown Chamber of Commerce is a clearinghouse of information about Beardstown and the surrounding area. It promotes Beardstown in areas of economic development and tourism. Wondering where to stay or eat? What to do and see? Give the Chamber a call. Click here to visit ther website.


The Cass County Health Department, located in Virginia and Beardstown, offers healthcare for the entire family. CCHD promotes health and wellness through the following programs: Health Clinic, Dental Clinic, Maternal Child Health, Home Health, Hospice, Teen Reach, School Age Programs, Public Health, Emergency Preparedness and Environmental Health. Click here to visit http://www.casscohealth.com/


Beardstown is known as “the watermelon capitol of the nation” and is the largest multi-cultural city in Cass County. Located on the edge of the Illinois River, Beardstown offers numerous employment opportunities, a large park district with activities for all family members, a library, healthcare services, shopping, dining, farmers markets, numerous service organizations and is home to the Lincoln Courtroom & Museum, where Abraham Lincoln defended Duff Armstrong in the Almanac Trial. Click here to visit Beardstown's web site.


Virginia is the County Seat of Cass County and is located in the heart of the county. Jennie Marr Dunaway Memorial Park offers a swimming pool, ball diamonds, walking trail, tennis courts, and a pavilion. It is the home of Rexroat Prairie and authentic log cabins and is located 5 minutes from Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area. Virginia hosts City Wide Garage Sales twice a year, the Virginia Bar-B-Que in June, Cass County Fair in July, Labor Day Ice Cream Social, and Christmas in Virginia. Click here to visit http://www.casscomm.com/~cityofva/


The Old Lincoln Courthouse & Museum in Beardstown is where Abraham Lincoln defended “Duff” Armstrong in the famous “Almanac Trial.” It is the only courtroom where Lincoln practiced law that is still in use today. Also inside the courthouse, the Beardstown Historical Museum houses historically and culturally significant collections and artifacts relating to the Beardstown community and the central Illinois region. Click here to visit


The Cass County Historical & Genealogical Society is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization founded on February 20, 1963. Its goal is to preserve and make available, by publications and other means, the rich and interesting history of the people and places in Cass County. The society publishes a quarterly newsletter called “The Historian.” Click here to visit http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilcchgs/


A-C Central Community Unit School District #262, home of the “Knights,” is comprised of students from the Ashland and Chandlerville communities. The elementary building is located in Chandlerville. The Jr. High/High building is located in Ashland. Superintendent Tim Page’s education philosophy: “Education should prepare students for life, and not all students’ lives look the same. A quality education must consist of options that allow a student to broaden their horizons and prepare them for what best suits their individual strengths and interests.” http://a-ccentral.com/


Beardstown Community Unit School District #15 contains a Jr./Sr. High school, Brick Elementary, Gard Elementary, Grand Avenue school, and Beardstown Charter school. The “Tiger” vision is “Doing What’s Right For Kids.” The Tiger mission statement is “Provide a challenging and responsive educational environment in a changing community that creates caring, socially responsible and exemplary students.” http://www.edline.net/pages/Beardstown_Community_Unit_Scho


Virginia Community Unit School District #64 is the home of the “Redbirds.” Virginia’s educational philosophy is to “provide quality intellectual experiences and problem-solving skills for all students. Challenge students to seek their individual academic, emotional and creative potentials. Prepare each student to be a productive, caring, respectful, responsible and honest member of society. Promote learning as a life-long process.” www.virginia64.com.


Virginia Memorial Public Library is located at 110 North Main Street. This library is affiliated with the library system that serves Virginia, IL. The collection of the library contains 14431 volumes. The library circulates 28878 items per year. The library serves a population of 1728 residents. The hours are

They can be reached at 217-452-3846. http://virginiamemorialpubliclibrary.com/


The Beardstown Houston Memorial Library system is located at 13 Boulevard Road in Beardstown, Illinois. The Beardstown Houston Memorial Library provides free services to all residents living within the Beardstown city boundaries with services available to all others for a fee.The current collection includes 22,951 books, 712 audiobooks, 702 videos and DVDs, two daily newspaper subscriptions, 13 magazine subscriptions, 159 microfilm reels of local newspapers, and over 50 multi-media kits.
The library is also a member of Alliance Library System and the Resource Sharing Alliance. Through these memberships, our patrons have access to the materials in 198 libraries in the state of Illinois. In 2007-2008, circulation of materials increased by 22 percent. In addition, 20,585 people visited the library throughout the year, an increase of 70 percent from the previous year. Thousands of people entered the library to utilize print and electronic reference resources, access the Internet through the Library’s cable connection, enjoy state-of-the-art Wi-fi service, participate in computer and Internet training, or attend one of the Library’s many events. Our friendly and professional staff is eager to serve you. Welcome to the Beardstown Houston Memorial Library!



Prairie Skies Public Library located at 125 W. Editor, Ashland, IL 62612 The mission of the Prairie Skies Public Library is to provide educational, informational,cultural, and recreational resources and services to all ages of people in the district it serves. The library will provide access to the universe of information, and especially that information which is of immediate relevance and interest of its community. The library seeks to accomplish its mission through prudent management and development of its resources, and by providing access to materials and services beyond the libraries collections; along with the use of current and emerging technologies to adapt to meet the present and future needs of our serving community. In this effort, the Prairie Skies Public Library cooperates with other libraries, and with other educational, and governmental institutions. http://prairieskieslibrary.com/


Illinois Press Public Notice is a public service made possible by the newspapers of Illinois. The website is designed to assist citizens who want to know more about the actions of local, county and state government as well as events occurring in the local and state court system. Click here to visit http://www.publicnoticeillinois.com/