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Come create your own memories

Historic Crawford County Illinois has something for everyone… historic sites, golf courses, camping, recreational lakes and rivers, unique shops, family-oriented annual events, museums, fine dining and excellent hotel/motel accommodations.

The county offers three golf courses, including the beautiful Quail Creek Country Club, which has been host to PGA tour events. Shooting and archery ranges, hiking, biking and horseback trails, sports courts, beautiful parks, fishing lakes, a conservation area and campsites are located throughout the county. The free-flowing Wabash River serves as the winding eastern edge of Crawford County Illinois.

Crawford County was formed on December 31, 1816, and is located in the central eastern portion of the state.  The county was named in honor of William H. Crawford, a United States Senator from Georgia who also served his country as Minister of France, Secretary of War, and Secretary of the Treasury.  He was also a prominent presidential candidate in 1824.

Crawford County consists of several unique communities, each with its own distinguishing features.  Robinson, the county seat, is home to the late writer James Jones, author of From Here to Eternity and The Thin Red Line, and well as boasting the birthplace of the Heath Candy Bar.  Hershey Chocolate, producers of the Heath Bar, along with Marathon Petroleum, and Lincoln Trail College make their home in Robinson.  Retail choices include clothing, jewelry, antiques, home décor, specialty foods, floral and garden shops.

Oblong, located on the western edge of the county, also offers a variety of unique retailers. Collectibles, quilt and sewing supplies, handcrafted gifts, floral, and furnishings can be found along Main Street in Oblong.  The Oil Field Museum in Oblong features two buildings of displays, tools, books and literature, working models and photographs regarding the boom days of oil discovery in Crawford County Illinois in the early 1900’s.

Palestine is the oldest town in the state of Illinois still in its original location.  The entire business district is listed on the National Historic Register, and many turn-of-the-century buildings house art galleries, antique and collectable stores, and gift shops.  Visitors come from all around to visit this historic village full of rich history.  Palestine is home to the Fife Opera House, the annual Pioneer City Rodeo and Labor Day Festival, and many other history rich events throughout the year.

Hustonville, at the Wabash River Bridge on the northeast edge of the county, features the Hutson Memorial Village.  A “town” made up of original, furnished log cabins, a log barn, and log church, is named in honor of the Isaac Hutson family which was massacred by Indians in 1813.  Each year, the event is re-enacted, and several other family oriented events are held at the complex throughout the year. Antique and specialty stores round out the village, along with a bookstore located in the house where Illinois’ ninth Governor, August French was married.

Flat Rock gets a big “thumbs up” when it comes to a great milkshake, fresh pie, and friendly conversation.  The annual Flat Rock Homecoming is a great time to visit the village for memorable family fun.

A great opportunity…a lifetime of happiness

Experience a lifetime of happiness in Crawford County Illinois. Everything is at your fingertips… friendly neighborhoods, quality education, modern healthcare facilities, noteworthy recreation and premium shopping choices. Business opportunities are welcomed with open arms. For more information, contact the City of Robinson at (618) 544-7616 or online at

Come see what there is to offer. You are always welcome in Crawford County, Illinois.

Download your tourism grant application at the link below.  Applications are due March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1 of each year.

Tourism Application Packet


2019 Crawford County Calendar of Events
(Dates are subject to change. Please call ahead
or visit for more information)

April 12, 13, & 14
Community Revitalization & Beautification Committee
The Spring Market Place antique and collectables show at the Robinson Community Center.  Call the Chamber of Commerce at 618-546-1557 for more information.

May 25 – Memorial Day Weekend
Palestine Lions Club Fish Fry, Car Club Cruise-In & Flea Market
Leaverton Park – 8:00 a.m. till the fish runs out
Fish/sides/hotdogs/desserts served to help the Lions with their many projects.  Crawford County Collectibles Car Club will provide the opportunity to enjoy automobiles from the past and present.  Browse the selection of treasures from various vendors.      Contact:  Lion Otis Tuttle 618-562-3881

 June 27
Annual Robinson Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing
Fundraiser and Golf Outing at Quail Creek County Club in Robinson.  For more information contact the Robinson Chamber of Commerce at 618-546-1557.

July 2 – July 6
Robinson 4th of July Celebration
Features carnival rides, food booths, nightly entertainment, car show, baseball and softball tournaments, and a spectacular firework show in the Robinson City Park.  Call City Hall at 618-544-7616 or visit for more information and the nightly entertainment lineup.

July 20-27
Crawford County Fair
Located at the Oblong Fair Grounds. 4-H exhibits, Crawford County Queen pageant, carnival rides, food booths, truck and tractor pull, and a demolition derby highlight the week-long event ending with a large 4-H auction. Contact: for more info.

August 2 & 3
Robinson City Wide Garage Sales
Contact the Chamber of Commerce at 618-546-1557 for a list of those participating in this town wide annual event.

 August 2, 3, & 4
Hutsonville River Fest
Car Show, entertainment, vendors, parade and food, in Downtown Hutsonville. Visit

August 10, 11, & 12
Flat Rock Homecoming
Visit the Village of Flat Rock for a weekend full of activities including food, vendors, and a parade.

August 9, 10, & 11
Oblong Antique Tractor and Engine Show
This annual event draws visitors from all over to view actual working antique tractors and engines.  Located at the fairgrounds in Oblong.

August 29-September 2
Annual Pioneer City Labor Day Festival and Rodeo
Pioneer City Arena, Leaverton Park & Main Street Palestine play hosts to a Street Fair, Carnival, and the PRCA rodeo.  Chuckwagon Breakfast, Parade, Camping, Junior-sized Tractor Pull, Lunch with Clowns, Flea Market, Mechanical Bull Rides, Free Entertainment at the Band shell, Town-Wide Garage Sales and more!

Contact:  Palestine Chamber of Commerce 618-586-2222 or Email:

 September 21
3rd Annual Crawford County Fest-Of-Ale
The City of Robinson will host its 2nd annual craft beer festival in the Robinson City Park.  Craft beer vendors, wine, food, and entertainment highlight the afternoon activities.  Visit for tickets and more information.

October 4-5
Annual Heath Toffee Festival and Parade
Located on the square in Robinson. Celebrating the delicious Heath Candy Bar, created in 1928 by Heath Brothers Confectionary in Robinson.  Features Friday night entertainment, street dance, and car show, and Saturday craft show, live entertainment, toffee bake-off, and parade, capped off by a free chili supper.  Call 618-546-1557 for more information.

October 5-6
Annual Wabash Valley Wine & Arts Festival
Several wineries provide various wines for tasting as you stroll Main Street and enjoy artworks from numerous artists from the Wabash Valley area. Some may be purchased.  Food booths and live entertainment.  Sat 11am-7pm & Sun 12-5pm.   Contact:  Susan Goodwine 618-586-2035

October 26
Annual Oblong Fall Follies and “Spooktacular” Band fest and Parade
Features night time parade, band field competition, food, crafts, and entertainment on the square in Oblong.   Call 618-592-4355 for more information.

November 22, 23, & 24
Join us for the lighting of the beautiful Christmas displays in Downtown Robinson.  Santa arrives, food booths available, games for kids, train ride, silent auction of decorated Christmas Trees, and a night time parade on Saturday.  On the square in Downtown Robinson. Call the Chamber of Commerce for more information 618-546-1557.

November 23 – Weekend before Thanksgiving
Palestine Preservation Projects Society Cookie Walk
Fife Opera House 9:00 a.m. -?      Browse table after table of homemade cookies for purchase.  Contact:  Nita Jochim 618-586-2427

November 22-23 – Weekend before Thanksgiving
Crawford County Retailer’s Holiday Open Houses
9:00 a.m. – Travel Route 33 thru Robinson and Palestine to find that perfect Christmas gift or secure that elusive item you’ve always wanted and even find great bargains for whatever you are needing. Contact: Robinson Area Chamber of Commerce 618-546-1557

November 29 – Friday after Thanksgiving
Leaverton Park Holiday Lighting Festival
5:00 p.m. – Leaverton Park comes alive with over 40,000 lights and displays.  Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies with Santa, listen to area church choirs and singing groups caroling.  Watch the Fireworks and enjoy cornbread and beans, hotdogs, & desserts served by the Lions club.     Contact: Palestine Chamber of Commerce 618-586-2222




Welcome to the City of Robinson Parks and Recreation Page!

The City of Robinson Parks and Recreation Department was formed April 1, 1976 by the Robinson City Council. The Park Superintendent is Mike Shimer. The Park Committee today consists of Karen Bowman, Barbara Alexander, and Rick Lowe as the Chairman. The Parks and Recreation Department is a department within the municipality of Robinson, activities and programs along with Parks are designed to enhance the leisure enjoyment of all residents with the community and surround area. Feature attractions include Robinson City Pool, Deer Run Golf Course, modern playground structures, walking paths, softball and baseball fields, tennis, and basketball facilities. Programs offered include soccer, basketball, T-ball, golf, tennis and various swimming activities. Special activities are held in the Robinson City Park, Washington Park, Kringle Korner, and Pride Corner. Ranging from the arrival of Santa to his home in Kringle Korner to a week long 4th of July Celebration at the City Park, activities include a whole realm of functions which touch nearly every individual and age group with the county.

*1201 S. Cross is the address for the City Park

To contact the Parks and Recreation Department

Call (618) 544-3834

Write to-
PO Box 188 City Hall
300 S. Lincoln
Robinson, IL 62454
Facebook- City of Robinson Park Department


If you would like to make a donation to the Robinson City Park

Gifts to the Robinson Parks and Recreation Department are always welcome. There are numerous projects which call for a great deal of funds and in some cases cannot be fulfilled without the interest of the public. Those wishing to make contributions to the Parks and Recreation Department (to be used entirely within the program) may do so by contacting the Robinson Parks and Recreation Department at (618) 544-3834 or City Hall at (618) 544-7616.

The Robinson City Park hours

6:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Rules for the Robinson City Park

There is no smoking within 50 feet of the pool facility in the park. Also there is no smoking in the shelters as well as near the concession stands located around the park.

If you are walking a dog you must keep your pet on a leash at all times. We love dogs too but, please remember to clean up after your pet.


We have great shelters that you can rent to host parties and gatherings in. They make the perfect place for families and friends to gather and the kids can play at the playgrounds as well. To rent one of the shelters please call City Hall at (618) 544-7616.

Overnight camping at the Robinson City Park

Available for a limit of three nights per stay, eight pads are located in the City Park. City water and electricity are available with 50 and 20 amp service, as well as a dump station nearby. There is a $10.00 per day fee. This fee can by paid either at City Hall or the Park Office at the City Pool.

Robinson Municipal Swimming Pool

The City Pool opened in 1956 and is a popular attraction in the Robinson area. The main pool holds 256,000 gallons of water and goes from a depth of 3 feet to 5 feet before dropping into the diving area to a depth of 12 feet. A wading pool and 125 foot long water slide along with the Parkdome Cafe are also located at the City Pool.

12:30PM – 6:45PM


  • $3.00 per person

Swimming Parties

Planning a special activity this summer for your church group, company outing, birthday party, or just want to get your friends together for an evening of fun? Why not have it at the Park!

Pool Rental Times

  • 10:00AM – 12:00 NOON = $150.00
  • 7:00PM – 9:00PM = $150.00

Swim Lessons

Private swim lessons are available in the morning hours at the City Pool. Lessons are taught by lifeguards. Lessons are $10.00 per visit for a 30 minute lesson. You may contact the Pool starting around Memorial Day of each summer to set up a lesson. PHONE: 544-3834. There will also be Swim Clinic opportunities each summer and dates will be available at the beginning of each summer.


It’s a hit! This sport is a great confidence builder for your 5 & 6 year old. It is a great start on the basics of baseball with a lot of fun. You can’t strike out and you always make it to home plate. During the 2012 summer season it was one of the best seasons we have had! All together there were 6 teams and 15 players to each team. Games are scheduled to be played in June at the Washington Park field behind the tennis courts. We are always looking for coaches and remember to bring a lawn chair.

Baseball – Softball

Boys and girls may participate in either baseball or softball throughout the summer. Seven ball fields are located in the City Park, five of which are lighted. For further information regarding this program, contact should be made with the various league presidents or click on the link to be taken to there webpage.

Wabash Valley Cal Ripken League

Robinson Girls Summer Softball

Hotels in a 50 mile radius of Robinson include

Country View Inn & Suites

Best Western Robinson Inn

Quail Creek Country Club and Resort

TownePlace Suites (Marriott) Vincennes, IN

Comfort Suites in Vincennes, IN

Econo Lodge, Vincennes, IN

Best Western Vincennes, IN

Holiday Inn Express Vincennes, IN

Super 8 Vincennes, IN

Days Inn Vincennes, IN

Lincoln Suites of Marshall, IL

Super 8 of Marshall, IL

Washington Park

Address- 400 W. Condit

Deer Run Mary Heath Memorial Golf Course

This golf course was built in 1996 and is located at the Washington Park entrance of N. Prairie Street and W. Condit Street. This nine-hole public golf course is built around a 2.1 acre lake. Stop in the Club House for your golf needs, and also pick up general park information.

Daily fees

  • $8.00 – all day
  • $5.00 – juniors 15 & under, seniors 60 & over

Season pass

  • $60.00 – seniors 60 & over
  • $100.00 – one person
  • $225.00 – family* of five (2 adults 19 & over, 3 children 18 & under)
  • *All family members must live in the same home.
  • Each additional person $50.00


Hand carts and golf clubs are available for rental at the Club House. Those ten years of age or younger must be accompanied by an adult.

The City of Robinson reserves the right to close the course to all golfers when deemed necessary and to hold special events, again closing the golf course for these events.

Rules pertaining to the golf course are located at the first tee.

Phone: (618) 544-2350 – Deer Run Club House

Washington Park Lake

This 2.1 acre lake was built in 1996, and was stocked by the South Eastern Illinois Sportsman’s Club. Fishing is allowed with the following rules:

  • Blue gill may be caught and kept,
  • Bass may be kept if they are 18 inches or longer, limit 4 per day
  • Catfish may be kept except albino ones which must be released, limit 2 per day
  • No boats are allowed
  • Fishermen must be alert for golfers
  • Do not fish near greens and teens when golfers are present
  • During winter months there is no ice skating or ice fishing allowed

The fountain runs year around and was donated by the A. Hanby Jones Family.

Nature Trail

Located in the south portion of Washington Park, this trail is a combined project funded by Marathon Oil Company and the City of Robinson. Various plants are identified throughout the park by a unique marking system. A test of your knowledge is available at the Club House in the park, which also includes identifications of the plants marked. Signs also can be found along the trails with educational information provided.

Sled Hill

The Sled Hill built in the fall of 2002, and located in the northwest corner of Washington Park, this hill is for the recreation enjoyment of all the residents of the surrounding area. Visitors should be aware that sledding, sliding, skiing, and hill riding can be fun and enjoyable forms of outdoor recreation, but risk of injury is present and those participating in this form of exercise should be aware of the danger involved and that the City of Robinson and the Robinson Park and Recreation Department are not held responsible for accidents incurred during this type of activity.


The tennis courts located at Washington Park are a great

Need a tennis racquet restrung? Check the Deer Run Clubhouse for all your stringing needs.

Ragon-Parker Training Center

A joint project between the Lincoln Trail College Foundation and the City of Robinson has created a unique facility for the duel use of the Lincoln Trail College Baseball and Softball teams and the residents of the community. A training area along with a fitness center complete with treadmills, bikes, and free weights are located inside. For further information contact the Parks and Recreation Department.

*A membership key system allows the training facility to be used 24 hours a day.


  • $10.00 key fob purchase

Adults (19 & up)                                  Juniors (14-18 years)

  • $20.00 per month                               $10.00 per month
  • $50.00 quarterly                                 $25.00 quarterly
  • $180.00 per year                                $85.00 per year

Kringle Korner

A special project of the community was started in 1994. “Come Home for the Holidays” helped create a winter wonderland at the former Mini Park at the corner of E. Walnut Street and S. Jefferson Street. Now called Kringle Korner, this special event area is the home of a one of a kind Santa’s House which can be viewed year around.

Pride Corner

This digital sign is located at the corner of East Main and North Jackson. This special event area was built in the fall of 2001 honoring various individual state champions and team state champions and runner ups. This special event area welcomes the public to our community. A digital sign donated by the First Robinson Savings Bank announces various school, park, and local nonprofit events involving the youth of our community. Have a birthday or anniversary announced on the sign by calling City Hall at (618) 544-7616. There is a $5.00 fee for this service.

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Interested in becoming a Park employee?  The City of Robinson will advertise when application periods begin and end.  You may download the application here:

park application