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On a hill in Union County, Illinois, just outside of Cobden, stands a home with a story embroidered into the fabric of the rural landscape it dominates. Like traveling to a different time, each day spent in this home resonates the rich history of the land and the people who loved it. Only a few families have owned Bell Hill over the last century. James Bell, the original owner, made a fortune in timber. Just after the Civil War, the growing towns and cities needed trainloads of lumber to satisfy the need. Mr. Bell met the demand with logs cut from vast tracts of southern Illinois forests which fed into his saw mills. The need was so great that at least one carload of Bell lumber was hooked to every northbound train. As you can imagine, Bell Hill has many stories.

Guests can take their pick between many great restaurants in the area. Whether you visit the eclectic Yellow Moon, the famous Palace Pizzeria in Cobden, the Brick House Grill in Anna, or the Blue Boar, you are sure to have delicious food and great live music!

The area of the Shawnee National Forest is known to have to some of the most flourishing apple and peach orchards in the country. In the summer and fall, guests enjoy incredible peach and apple cobbler with fresh fruit right off the trees of Flamm’s Orchard. Historic Bell Hill Wedding Venue is located within 18 miles of Carbondale, home of Southern Illinois University (p.s. if you have a student attending SIUC, they are always invited to enjoy breakfast with you at no charge). It is an easy drive from Chicago, St. Louis, Evansville, or Nashville, TN.

This Wedding Venue is the perfect destination for family reunions, unforgettable outdoor/indoor weddings, or just the perfect intimate weekend for two. After sipping local wines by the fireplace, and stargazing on the balcony, you will be eager to retire to one of our elegant bedrooms with its own private bath! Whether you are planning a big event or just needing one room, we will be sure to make your visit unforgettable. Reserve your room below, or call Julia for more information, rates, specials, or any questions you might have about the area! We look forward to pampering you!

Commanding a view as far as the eye can see, one seems transported back in time, feeling the presence of the ages. Come experience the history, romance, genteel graciousness of this true Southern Belle.

This historic bed and breakfast, located on top of a hill, in beautiful Union County, Illinois, just outside of Cobden, is bursting with rich history and gorgeous panoramic views. Reserve your room or call your host, Julia, today for more information, rates, specials and more!

Julia invites you to experience the beautiful mansion and hear more about its fascinating past.

P. S. If you are a history buff and interested in the life of the American Indians in our area, Bell Hill is a great place to study. We have rocks amongst the boulders where Indians carved out bowls to catch rain water in the wet season and used the same bowls during the dry season to grind corn.

Our pets love to drink from these bowls. The water must be tastier than normal because I see all sorts of critters drinking there.