Hancock County and the city of Nauvoo are the crossroads of many avenues of history. People who have shaped national and world history have passed through this area, including Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Douglas, Robert E. Lee, Henry David Thoreau and Joseph Smith.
The rare combination of history, natural beauty, and quaint shopping & dining experiences culminate in Nauvoo to offer a winning destination. It is here that the upper Mississippi River is at its widest, bald eagles make their home in winter, fireflies in spring, incredible fall colors abound, and summertime festivals celebrate the longtime bounty of the grape.
Nauvoo is one of America’s premier historic communities and is recognized as a National Historic Landmark District. Steeped in Mormon heritage, Nauvoo has more than 50 restored homes and shops to tour in the “Flats”, world-class shows fit for the entire family and horse drawn wagon rides year round….all for free. One of the world’s stately white Mormon Temples sits upon the Nauvoo bluffs, and the exotic Monument to Women Memorial Garden is on the grounds of the Historic Nauvoo Visitors Center.