Welcome To The Vandalia, Illinois Website
Visit Historic Vandalia
Celebrating The Past
Vandalia, Illinois' history goes back to the state's inception. Our city is the oldest existing Capitol city which served the State of Illinois for 20 years, from 1819-1839.
While visiting Vandalia, Illinois, take a tour of The Old State Capitol, visit The Madonna of The Trail Statue, browse The Fayette County Museum which is chock-full of Lincoln-era memorabilia. Visit more sites including The Little Brick House which has six restored rooms filled with china, furniture, engravings and books that belonged to settlers when Abraham Lincoln attended the legislature (1834-1839). The Old State Cemetery's bronze markers offer biographical information on prominent citizens in the early history of our community. The Tribute to Farmers Monument is an impressive, black granite piece located on the grounds of Vandalia's Tourist Information Center near the intersection of I-70 and Route 51.
Explore Vandalia, Illinois today, where state history merges with national and world history in the making of a Statesman and President. This is where Abraham Lincoln began his historical political career. Vandalia is a community where people celebrate the past, cherish the present, and plan for the future.
Vandalia Today And Our Future
Cherishing The Present and Planning For The Future
Today, the city with a current population of 6585 is a blend of beautifully restored historical sites and stately homes of the past. Vandalia is also enhanced with antique and specialty shops, beautiful churches, modern hospital and schools, and the community facilities of present day. Vandalia, Illinois is also very proud of its picturesque community parks, a lovely 660 acre recreational lake and warm, friendly people.
Development of Vandalia's west interchange has been a success for future growth of our city. Many new businesses and industries have already set up shop at the west interchange and many more are projected to come.
Our downtown revitalization project is under planning with new sidewalks, landscaping, and the repaving of Gallatin Street which will draw even more specialty shops and restuarants.