The first thing of interest I stopped at was an old train depot with some train cars along side it. Everything was locked up, but if you like trains and are going to be on I-57, you might want to call ahead to find out hours for the Illinois Central Railroad Historical Society.
I love to check out old courthouses. This is smaller than most that I've seen. It's the Ford County Courthouse in Paxton.
It has a beautiful entryway and dome.
Being the foodie I am (in case you didn't know I also blog at Chicago Foodie Sisters), I would have loved to have checked out this place that sold locally raised meats, but it was the first stop on our journey and I knew it would sit and bake in the care for the next 12 hours.
The downtown was quaint and charming and nostalgic and had lots of cute shops. Visit Paxtonil.com for more info.