Originally named Walnut Grove in 1837, the Village of Walnut, population 1500, is still graced with many walnut trees. The friendly community is located along Route 92 of the Trail.
Three young Walnut men, Elvin “Pud” Fordham, Eddie Wilson, and Jeff Livey attended Eureka College and became friends with the Reagan brothers. The three Walnut youths shared ownership of an old faded gray Buick purchased for $10. The Buick would hold 10-11 students including Ronald and Neil Reagan on trips from Eureka to see sporting events at Peoria, Bloomington and Normal.
Sites to Visit
Avanti Foods, Cheese & Specialty Gift Shop
109 Depot St., Walnut, IL
Walnut is home to Avanti Foods, producer of Ginos and Swiss Party frozen pizzas. The cheese and pizza making factories are located in a Swiss Chalet making it easy for visitors to view the pizza and cheese production and browse in the Cheese and Gourmet Shop.
DeWaele’s Dairy Dreams
407 W N Street Highway 92, PO Box 715, Walnut, IL 61376
Great road side stop for lunch or a cool treat. Many ice cream flavors to choose from. Hot and cold sandwiches too. Picnic tables for your convenience.
Green River Country Club
Route 92 East, Walnut, IL
With club house, restaurant and banquet facilities, this challenging 9 hole public golf course offers watered fairways, low annual memberships and daily green fees. Special seasonal rates. Just East of Walnut.
Hometown Celebration, Small Town USA
Downtown Walnut, Walnut, IL
Walnut’s Independence Day Celebration, during July 4 each year. Entertainment, Food, Fun, Parade plus gigantic fireworks display. Events include softball tourny, beer garden, pancake and sausage breakfast, 5K run, volleyball tourny, car show, antique farm and tractor show, J & M amusement with games and rides, Cub Scouts soap box derby, sawmill demo and much, much more.
Downtown Walnut on Main Street, 118 South Main Street, Walnut, IL 61376
Great little gift and floral shop offering antiques, collectibles, gourmet coffees, fudge, antique books and much more. Special Feature – Don Marquis Exhibit!