Fairfield is a great place to to start your adventure. Browse one the many shops in town for antiques, crafts and home decor. After a lovely lunch at one of our local restaurants, you can explore 2 large antique malls located less than an hour from Fairfield. Fairfield is perfectly situated between the Rend Lake Antique Mall in Ina, Illinois and The Burnt Prairie Grand Antique Mall in Burnt Prairie, Illinois. These two spaces offer nearly 20,000 square feet of antique, vintage and collectible treasures.
Are you interested in art and sculpture or are you a history buff? Either way, we have you covered. The Wayne County Historical Society runs The Hanna House Museum and 3 other exhibit locations in Fairfield. All of these locations showcase local history exhibits from Fairfield, Il and the surrounding areas. A scenic 50 minute drive will take you to the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts & The Mitchell Museum. Ceadarhurst is best known for their significant collection of late 19th and early 20th century American paintings, exhibitions featuring regional and international artists, and a 90 acre sculpture park.
A Wine tasting weekend is the perfect escape and The Victorian on Main is centrally located between four Southern Illinois wineries. Start your day sampling our gourmet breakfast in the grand dining room before spending the afternoon sipping wine at the Pheasant Hollow Winery, Berryville Vineyards, Lasata Wines and Fox Creek Vineyards.
Seasons start to change and fall colors are on display. August through October is Festival Season in Southern Illinois. Fairfield and the surrounding communities host many local & seasonal events - the Fall Fun Fest in Fairfield, Wayne City Bean Days, Geff Frontier Days, Johnsonville Community Days, the Centralia Hot Air Balloon Fest, the Cisne Reunion just to name a few. The Victorian on Main is centrally located to all of these events.
Explore the 1,000's of acres of park and recreational space in Fairfield, Wayne County and the surrounding areas. The City of Fairfield has three large parks with wonderful walking paths, lakes and more. Sam Dale Lake, a State Conservation Area with over 1,300 acres of hiking, fishing and boating, is a 30 minute drive and Beall Woods, a State Park featuring old-growth forest with 120 foot trees, is a quick 40 minute drive. Rend Lake, with 19,000 acres of water, is only an hour drive from The Victorian on Main.
Fairfield boasts several murals, providing a great opportunity for guests to spend an afternoon on an Art Walk.
The first stop is Freedom Park on Main Street in downtown Fairfield. There you will see a mural titled Love Thou Thy Land created by David and Cheryl Harl. This 78 x 21 mural was inspired by the by the poet Alfred Tennyson and depicts a blend of small town America and the history of Fairfield including several historical buildings, businesses and landmarks. Look closely and you might see The Victorian on Main depicted in the mural.
While in the downtown area, take a peek in some of the alleyways and you will be delighted to see an ever expanding collection of murals created by our fabulous local artists. Large scale painted floral gardens, butterfly wings, social commentary on the price of modern art and more will greet you on your walk.
Finally, head over to the Fairfield Post office where you can see a small mural titled Old Settlers by William Samuel Schwartz. Schwartz painted this mural for the Fairfield post office in 1936, under the auspices of the Treasury Section of Fine Arts. The US Department of the Treasury commissioned US Post Office Murals from 1934 to 1943 to boost the morale of the American people suffering from the effects of the Great Depression. Murals depicted life in America, uplifting subjects, and scenes of daily activities that people knew and loved. If you look closely at this painting, you will see that Schwartz actually included a Post Office in this paining.
Spring, Sumer, Fall and Winter are all perfect seasons for scenic drives in Southern Illinois. Open plains, fields to harvest, beautiful country barns, lakes, vineyard and more. Let us be your retreat as you take in the colors of each season.