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.
De Immigrant, an authentic Dutch windmill, sits on a berm along the flood control dike. The mill is fully operational and fresh-ground flour is available for purchase.
An antibellum home managed by the Fulton Historical Society containing historical Fulton memorabilia and artifacts. The museum features a resource room for genealogy research and Fulton history.
An historic 1850s pioneer village built inside an abandoned rock quarry. The Canyon is a 12 acre wooded nature walk featuring a dozen structures containing historical artifacts.
One in a series of 16, featuring enclosed display panels depicting exciting stories and intriguing graphics.
Amazing detail brings to life the Fulton-Lyons Bridge, the western terminus crossing point for the Illinois Lincoln Highway route. The painting's style and color palette are reminiscent of a vintage postcard.
Three miles north of Fulton, visitors can view barges and boats of all kinds locking through the widest part of the Mississippi River.
The center features an extensive collection of 21 European windmills from ten countries. The center houses an interactive education area and gift shop.
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.
Unique gift and card shop with ice cream shop.
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.
Hobby store featuring cars, planes and trains. Large outdoor race track for remote controlled vehicles.
Quality antique dealer specializing in collectibles and textiles.
Saturday cookouts (spring-fall), fresh-cut meats, and select grocery items.
An extensive antique mall with over 80 dealers. Flea market held April - October.
A quaint antique shop located inside a beautifully restored building in downtown Fulton. Extensive array of quality antique furniture and accessorries.
We are a junk hunters dream! Chairs, gates, steel wheels, bird houses, yard art, garden tools, tubs, crates & yesteryear items.
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.
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.
We have a spacious quilt shop full of baby cribs displaying fabrics of all kinds.
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.
Charming seasonal country store offering an abundance of unique hand-made items from 50 talented local crafters.
Full-service floral shop since 1922. Beautiful flowers and gift items at affordable prices. Gourmet coffee bar.
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.
Unique gift and card shop with ice cream shop.
Ice Cream and subs.
Family style food.
Accommodations. For reservations call 800-634-3444.
Accommodations and camping.