The Farmer and Company Real Estate main office is located in the City of Metropolis in Massac County, Illinois. Massac County is located on the Ohio River in southernmost Illinois and has a population of 15,161 and a total area of 242 sq miles. Metropolis, the county seat, is located at Exit 37 on Interstate 24 and has much to offer!
Metropolis is the official Home of Superman and proudly honors its favorite son with a 15-foot bronze statue of American's Super Hero right in the middle of Superman Square. And now, a new statue of actress Noel Neil, posed as Lois Lane, stands just blocks down the street. The annual Superman Celebration is held each June to honor the Superhero and draws thousands to town each year.
Metropolis is also home to Fort Massac State Park, the first state park in Illinois. At Fort Massac, you will not only enjoy the breathtaking views of the Ohio River, but you can take a walk back in time by visiting the 1802 replica of the fort that once served to protect French, British and American troops. The annual Encampment is held the third weekend of October at Fort Massac State Park. Last year over 126,000 attended the event.
For over a decade, Massac County has hosted the ASA Illinois Pro/A Championship at Mermet Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area. Professional & amateur archers from all over North American travel to Massac County to compete and vie for the $15,000 cash purse.
The Super City Blues & Ques festival is held every October. On Friday a Backyard BBQ Competition is held and the main event, the Kansas City BBQ Society Cookoff is held on Saturday. Live blues music accompanies the event held along Ferry Street near the riverfront.
For those who enjoy the excitement of gaming, Metropolis is also home to Harrah's Metropolis Casino & Hotel. Harrah's is ready to entertain you with table games, slots, restaurants and an entertainment center that hosts many big name entertainers throughout the year.
There are two school districts within Massac County, Massac Unit 1 and Joppa Maple Grove, where students are provided with an academically stimulating environment that will allow them to achieve their maximum educational potential. Several universities and community colleges are located in close proximity to Massac County making secondary education an affordable option for the Massac County resident.
With thirty-seven subdivisions to choose from that offer lake front, water view and off water properties, the Lake of Egypt area in Johnson County offers something for everyone. The Lake of Egypt has 2,300 acres of water and over 90 miles of shoreline. Whether you are considering becoming a property owner or you’re just a visitor, the lake has plenty to offer.Thousands of acres of the Shawnee National Forest run through Johnson County. There are several accesses to horseback riding or hiking trails throughout the county.
The Cache River State Natural Area is located in southern Johnson County. Among the outstanding natural features found within the area today are massive cypress trees whose flared bases, called buttresses, exceed 40 feet circumference. Many are more than 1,000 years old, including one that has earned the title of state champion bald cypress because of its huge trunk girth, towering height, and heavily branched canopy. Wetlands within this area are so important to migratory waterfowl and shorebirds that they have been designated a Wetland of International Importance, only the 19th wetland in the United States to receive the distinction.
In 1984, the governor of Illinois declared Johnson County the “Bicycle Capital of Illinois. The Tunnel Hill State Trail stretches 45 miles from Harrisburg to Karnak, with its headquarters located in Vienna. The former railroad right-of-way has been converted into the bicycle trail with the old railroad tunnel being a highlight.
Another favorite area for the outdoor enthusiast is Ferne Clyffe State park, also located in Johnson County. Ferne Clyffe has been known as an outstanding natural scenic spot for nearly 100 years. An abundance of ferns, unique geological features and unusual plant communities create an atmosphere that enhances the many recreational facilities offered at the park. Trails wind through picturesque woods, allowing visitors to view fascinating rock formations and inspiring vistas.
If golf is your passion, a visit to Gambit Golf Club is a must! The course offers a championship layout routed through rolling meadows and woodlands, just outside of Vienna.
There are also wineries, bed & breakfasts, horseback riding trails and campgrounds galore located throughout Johnson County.