Illinois Amish Country
Amish Country Newsletter
Area Attractions in and around Arthur...
"The Heart of Illinois Amish Country"
Rockome Gardens is known for its unique, historic rock creations interspersed throughout the extensive gardens. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll throughout them all, filled with tens of thousands of flowers and other plants. Different gardens have different themes, and you will discover something new everytime you visit.
The Rockome Restaurant features delicious, home-cooked meals, with a Lunch Buffet Wednesday and Thursday, a Lunch and Dinner Buffet Friday and Saturday, and a Brunch on Sunday. The Restaurant is being run by the Herschberger Family, who also own Yoder's Kitchen in Arthur IL.
Hours: Wed & Thurs 11 - 3, Fri & Sat 11 - 7, Sun 10 - 2. Closed Mon & Tues
Rockome Garden Foods and Cheese Factory
Rockome Garden Foods is located near the park entrance and open year around. This bulk food store is different from other food stores in that it is also an active learning center. There is a cheese factory with a large window where visitors can watch cheese being made. This cheese is available for sampling as well as purchasing in the store. An active beehive, complete with observatory window, is also here, giving visitors an opportunity to watch the honey being made. A bakery and candy shop also give visitors the opportunity to watch as their delicious treats are being created. Please visit their website for additional information.
The Trading post carries a variety of Native American items, such as jewelry, beads, artwork and clothing. Their knowledgable staff will answer any questions you may have concerning the culture and history of the Native Americans. Children will love the Sluice Box Mining located in front of the store, where they pan for their own precious and semi-precious stones. There is also a teepee in front that is fun to explore, and atlatl and fire starting demonstrations are provided at various times.
Sarah's General Store
This store is located inside two old schoolhouses in the "Old Town" area of the park. Sarah's carries Rockome souvenirs and trinkets. Yoders Amish Handcrafted Furniture is located in a section of this store as well. For custom-made furniture that will last a lifetime, visit Yoders.
Please note - due to ongoing renovations, the merchandise from Sarah's is currently located at the entrance to the park.
Elvan's Ice Cream Shop
There's not much better on a warm summer day than an ice cream! Elvan's specializes in Flavor Burst soft serve ice cream in a cake or waffle cone as well as shakes. Hot dogs, chips, popcorn and soda is also available.
Marcella's Corner ~ The Official Raggedy Ann & Andy Shop
Did you know that Johnny Gruelle, the creator of Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy, was born and raised as a small child in Arcola, IL? This September America's favorite red head - Raggedy Ann - will be 96 years old! Visit the website for additional information on this wonderful shop!
Please note - due to ongoing renovations, the merchandise from Marcella's is currently located at the entrance to the park.
Old School House
For a glimpse into days gone by, visit the original East Prairie school, a one-room schoolhouse previously located two miles west of Rockome Gardens in the rural countryside. This schoolhouse was attended by Old Order Amish as well as non-Amish children prior to its closing in 1966. It was moved to Rockome Gardens in 1968.
Old Hickory Railroad
The Old Hickory Railroad is being revived through a group of volunteers and the "Rockome Railroad Club". These model trains are "G" gauge, with the "G" standing for "Garden". Children of all ages will enjoy watching these trains as they run the tracks, traversing a variety of terrain.