About Harristown

Welcome to the Village of Harristown! 


The Village of Harristown is located at the hub of a wheel of intersecting interstate, Illinois, and local roads. Harristown, located just west of Decatur, has direct access to Interstate 72, Illinois Highways 36, 51 South, and 48 South. Macon County highway 41 bisects Harristown, and the Village of Harristown and Harristown Township maintain a vast array of streets and roads. Harristown, Abraham Lincoln's first Illinois homestead, was incorporated in 1969. Harristown was originally called Summitt because of the hill just north of Harristown, which was the highest point of the route of the Northern Cross Railroad, later called the Norfolk and Southern Railroad. The name of Harristown came from a surveyor who worked for the Northern Cross Railroad. The original platt of Harristown is located north of the present-day Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks and locals call it “Old Harristown”. Photos of Harristown through the year can be found below.


Broad stretches of potential industrial development areas exist between subdivisions of private homes and small businesses. Two apartments buildings, a duplex, and several rental homes provide immediate housing for families wishing to locate in Harristown.


The Village of Harristown provides many services for its residents. Water and sewer services are provided by the Village. Harristown Fire Protection District provides first-class emergency service, as well as fire protection for Harristown and the surrounding countryside. Police protection is provided by the Macon County Sheriff ‘s Department.


Harristown is a quiet suburban community and that is our attraction for people who want to live quietly without a lot of noise and flash. Our village is defined less by boundaries on a map than by the sense of shared values our residents hold dear.  We take pride in maintaining a wholesome lifestyle, rich in cultural history, along with a deep commitment to the preservation of our environment and a progressive approach to local business. That is why most of us live here.