Elizabethtown, Illinois

Elizabethtown, Illinois is located along the Ohio River. It is a village located in Hardin County. This Elizabethtown is the smallest in the United States with a population of 348 at the 2000 census. Many towns have at least some history; for this Elizabethtown, we may never know. In 1884 there was a courthouse fire; this resulted in the loss of important historical facts about the town. If all was not lost in the 1884 fire, then it was in the later fire of 1921, again at the courthouse.

It is thought that Elizabethtown was named after Elizabeth McFarlan, arriving with her husband, James B. McFarlan, between 1804 and 1812. Together they built a home which was located near the Ohio River in 1812. Today that home is known as The Rose Hotel, which was renovated in 1998 and is the oldest hotel in Illinois.

Although much of the history of Elizabethtown was lost, it will continue to make new history, along with the possible discovery of the early history. The Rose Hotel will continue to be popular with tourists and be one of the few historical landmarks left.   

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