Village of Elsah


In 1853, James Semple founded the Village of Elsah, naming it for the last bit of land that he saw as he sailed from his native land of Scotland. Elsah became quite a port on the Mississippi River with a flour mill, distilleries, manufacturing companies and warehouses. The traces of Elsah’s early commerce have disappeared, but many of the houses representing the village’s early beginnings still remain, creating the feeling of stepping back in time. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Elsah is graced with clusters of stone cottages and tidy gardens. The village retains its historical flavor and is a favorite spot for photographers looking for a picture perfect glimpse of early Americana, as well as travelers interested in a leisurely stroll. Quaint shops, the village restaurant and a few bed and breakfast inns beckon the traveler to retreat into the past and linger a bit longer in the “village where time stood still.”


Illinois Rte. 100
Elsah, IL 62028


38.95193000, -90.36367000
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(800) 258-6645

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