The visitor's center out in the middle of nowhere... but somewhere east of Galena. We met a woman there who was born and raised in the Middle East, but who had moved back to the States to live out her life in rural Illinois. What an interesting find she was!
Beautiful displays were set up under a warm sun, with racks of homemade popcorn for sale. There were so many kinds! But we settled on a bag of light green apple-caramel popcorn and ate it all up for lunch.
Pumpkins and signs for haunted houses lined the road as we drove. To be honest, we were enticed, though too scared to stop at one; the very thought of a haunted barn appealed to our travel-fever and fascination with small-town Americana.