Carlock is situated within White Oak Township, which belongs to McLean County located in central Illinois.
The Carlock Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation of the history of the pioneers and early settlers of the area near White Oak Grove, Stout's Grove, Dry Grove, and Haven's Grove.
Questions regarding our history, or assistance in research, may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019
Start Location: Carlock Library Community Room
We will start with a brief explanantion as to why Carlock came into being at this particular site on the prairie and distribute a tour guide. Local historian, Mike Miller, will then lead the group on a walking tour of old-time, downtown Carlock. We will visit the sites of the early general stores, the hardware and implement stores, the train station, the Lippencott Livery and Blacksmith Shop, the first drug store and doctor's office, and the Carlock Hotel. Original commercial buildings that still stand today and houses moved from the old village of Oak Grove will be identified and their history will be explained. The tour will conclude in the Library's Community Room where we will become acquainted with the original merchants, doctors, and other community leaders.
Tour participants need only bring their imagination in order to go back in time 130 years. The walking tour will be three blocks from start to finish.
Tour Guide: Mike Miller
Mike is the author of the Historical Tidbits column for the Quill newspaper. Mike's research of local history includes the original settlers of Dry Grove and White Oak Grove in the 1820's, the development of the old Village of Oak Grove, and the start of the new village at the Carlock Station in late 1887.
In case of inclement weather, the group will remain in the Library Community Room and do a "virtual" walking tour using the photographs of the guidebook.