The Village of Forrest
Tracks from the Past... Vision for the Future
Chicago - 93m. NE Bloomington - 43m. SW Champaign - 51m. S Peoria - 65m. W Pontiac - 20m. NW

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Forrest Public Library




Railroad Park

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Railways Abroad


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The Hampsher Hotel Holiday Open House

Holiday Open House & Christmas Victorian Tea
Inspired Gifts and The Hampsher Hotel Bed & Breakfast
November 16, 2016 2pm
$9.00 per person
Call 815-657-7548 for reservations


Register your golf carts during Village office hours Monday–Friday 8:00am-4:30pm. You will need to bring golf cart and proof of insurance with you.


Hampsher Hotel will be holding its Annual 2nd Tuesday Luncheon
April – October the 2nd Tuesday
Two seating times 11:00am & 12:30pm
Please Call Joyce for Reservations at 815-657-7548

Village Notice

The Village Board meets on the second Thursday of each month. Meeting dates are posted at the Village office and the Community Board at the Library.

The Beginning of a Village

The Village of Forrest, Illinois is located at the junction of US Route 24 and Illinois Route 47. Forrest was named in honor of a Mr. Forrest of New York City, the business partner of Mr. Frost, President of the T.P.W. Railroad at the time of incorporation in 1890.

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"As told by an old railroad man, George Rex Clarke" - The Forrest News, Friday, August 11, 1972 - page 3 & 4

Village of Forrest Historical Museum

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The Hampsher Hotel has been restored and is now operating as a Bed & Breakfast!

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Our Restored Caboose

Welcome to Forrest!

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