For reasons that will become clear in the next few weeks I've decided to start this blog to cover the changes and happenings in the tourism industry of Southern Illinois, particularly Williamson County, where I live.
I've long been active in tourism development efforts, most particularly with the Old Slave House near Equality. For the latest updates check out a few of my recent posts on the house.
- Ballroom Doors Gone at Hickory Hill
- A Hidden Floor and a Forgotten Window
- Old Slave House Closed 10 Years Ago
Much of what I've done falls under the category of heritage tourism, but I also was one of the original board members of the River-to-River Trail Society when it organized back in the early 1990s.
About that same I also published The Goshen Traveler in 1991 and early 1992. It was a monthly tourism newspaper that serviced the southern 15 counties of Illinois.
There's a lot going on right now in the region, but we're just scratching the surface of all that can be done here.
Meanwhile, check out the Williamson County Tourism Bureau's new website at www.wctb.org.