Fulton is a quaint and charming community rich in heritage. Originally called Baker’s Ferry after the first settler in 1835, the town’s name was soon changed to Fulton in honor of the famed steamboat inventor, Robert Fulton. During the steam boating days, Fulton was a transfer and warehouse port between the upper and lower reaches of the Mississippi River. Fulton drew many nationalities of people but those from the Netherlands were especially drawn to it because of its position on the Mississippi and soon many Dutch families were living in the area.

Because of Fulton’s strong Dutch ancestry, the community celebrates its heritage the first weekend in May with the popular Dutch Days Festival. In addition to Fulton’s windmill and shopping district, the town also has an 1800s village house inside a rock quarry called Heritage Canyon. Heritage Canyon is dotted with buildings representing the 1800’s era – including an old school house, church, doctor’s office, printing press, and much more. Visitors are also encouraged to visit the Martin House Museum. This Civil War era home was donated to the city and now is home to the Fulton Historical Society. The home houses an extensive array of Fulton memorabilia and antiques.


  • Awsometown Music/Video Productions

    Awesometown Music is a not-for-profit business located on the corner of 4th street and 10th avenue at 1001 4th street, in the old Fulton Township building. This music/art studio does double duty, providing a place for musicians and artists to work.

  • Corner Treasures & Treats

    Unique gift and card shop with ice cream shop.

  • Country Orchids

    Full-service award winning floral shop, including fresh, silk, and dried flowers. Balloons, gift baskets, blooming and green plants, and many unique gifts also available.

  • D & D Hobby

    Hobby store featuring cars, planes and trains. Large outdoor race track for remote controlled vehicles.

  • Elk River Merchant

    Quality antique dealer specializing in collectibles and textiles.

  • Fulton Meat Market

    Saturday cookouts (spring-fall), fresh-cut meats, and select grocery items.

  • Great River Road Antiques

    An extensive antique mall with over 80 dealers. Flea market held April - October.

  • Interiors Antiques

    A quaint antique shop located inside a beautifully restored building in downtown Fulton. Extensive array of quality antique furniture and accessorries.

  • Jim's Barnyard Antiques

    We are a junk hunters dream! Chairs, gates, steel wheels, bird houses, yard art, garden tools, tubs, crates & yesteryear items.

  • Long's Garden

    Unique outdoor shopping experience. Extensive display gardens show plants in their mature form. Ornamental grasses and perennials. In addition, we carry a complete line of statuary, bird baths, fountains and metal garden art.

  • River Huis Traders Antiques

    This restored building is filled with quality antiques, Dutch treasures, handmade soap, model barges, handmade pottery, and local photography and art. Products made in Illinois are showcased.

  • Susan's Calico Creations

    We have a spacious quilt shop full of baby cribs displaying fabrics of all kinds.

  • Sweet Woodruff

    A woman's boutique with artisan representation. Many unique gifts ranging from purses, jewelry, clothing, home decor, candles, linens, and seasonal gifts. Relaxed, sophisticated atmosphere.

  • Timber Lane Christmas Tree Farm & TLC Country Store

    Charming seasonal country store offering an abundance of unique hand-made items from 50 talented local crafters.

  • Wilson's Floral & Gifts

    Full-service floral shop since 1922. Beautiful flowers and gift items at affordable prices. Gourmet coffee bar.

  • Words of Wisdom

    Inspirational gifts for all occasions, the newest in Christian music and books, jewelry, t-shirts, church supplies, and a large selection of cards. Many bibles including study, recovery, teen and Spanish. Something for everyone.



Fun Facts!

  • The first name proposed for the Lincoln Highway was the Coast-to-Coast Rock Highway.
  • By 1927 90% of Americans owned an automobile.
  • The Town of Fulton, Illinois has an authentic, working Dutch windmill.
  • Chicago Heights Illinois is known as The Crossroads of the Nation, because the Lincoln and Dixie Highways intersect.
  • The very first Seedling Mile is located in Malta, Illinois.