Historic Maeystown is perched on the Mississippi River bluffs in the southern half of Monroe County. Founded in 1858 by Jacob Maeys, the German immigrants who built the town decided to integrate the structures of the town into the sloping landscape rather than grading and flattening it. The oldest buildings in Maeystown are made of limestone, and the entire village is placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Below you can see images of the beautiful buildings and natural surroundings that make Maeystown a popular place to visit.
Oktoberfest and Fruehlingsfest
Maeystown is best known in the area for its annual Oktoberfest held on the second Sunday in October and its annual Fruehlingsfest (Springfest) held on the first Sunday in May. In addition to food seen below, there generally is kettle corn (authentically cooked in a large black kettle), live polka music, and many vendors selling arts, crafts, and gardening supplies. To visit the Maeystown website to learn more, click here.
Below we've added a video of Fruehlingsfest in Maeystown. Just click on it and enjoy!
An excellent program on WTVP 47 of Peoria is Illinois Adventure, and they have created a short clip of Maeystown, which can be seen below.