Village of Biggsville

History

Today, the Biggsville community serves as home to West Central School #235. This village, with a population of 350, is situated along U.S. 34, midway between Monmouth, Illinois and Burlington, Iowa. It was settled in 1854 and named for grain mill operator John Biggs, who is buried in nearby Cumberland Cemetery, northwest of town.

Biggsville was once home to Hend-Co Hills Country Club which is where 2004 British Open Champion Todd Hamilton started playing the game of golf.

A popular stop on the annual Henderson County Heritage Trail, Biggsville provides a diverse offering of activities during this event, always held on the final full weekend each September. Church dinners, an open house at the county library facility, and a parade are all regularly scheduled events. The town's old-time jail stands near the wooden bridge spanning the CB&Q Railroad. The community is served by the United Presbyterian and United Methodist Churches. With the re-opening of the Lynn Hotel, overnight lodging is now available.

Points of Interest

Lynn Hotel, a restored 1902 hotel featuring four sleeping rooms, kitchen, living room, and meeting rooms.

Horse and Buggy Museum, offering agricultural history exhibits and programs from the period 1820-1920 when horses were the man source of power for farming and transportation. With 6000 square feet of display area featuring eight interactive touchscreen kiosks with 80 video clips making Henderson County horse era come alive again. Over 50 equipment pieces are on exhibit.