Ashmore, Illinois is a village in Coles County, part of the Charleston–Mattoon Micropolitan Statistical Area, with a population of only 781 and 329 housing units in 2013.
When you are considering homes for sale or other real estate in that unique area, know that the estimated median house or condo value in 2013 was $74,799, which was substantially increased from $59,000 in 2000.
There are five grocery stores, two club stores and supercenters, 22 convenience stores with gas, and 40 full-service restaurants.
For those who want to further their education or want to send their children off to college, Eastern Illinois University is only nine miles away in Charleston, Lake Land College is 21 miles away in Mattoon, Indiana State University is 34 miles away in Terre Haute, and the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is 38 miles away; also in Terre Haute.
This looks like an abandoned two-story timber and brick building with an attached kitchen, broken windows and chipped bricks. There are many stories of hauntings, ghostly images, black mists, unexplained sounds and other paranormal experiences stemming from the many people who died there when it was once part of the Coles County Poor Farm and later a private psychiatric care facility. It stayed closed from 1987 until 2006, when it was reopened as a commercial haunted house.
During a fierce storm in January 2013, the roof was blown off, the support gables destroyed, and it was said to be damaged beyond repair. It was sold at auction that April for $12,700, the roof was repaired, and other improvements were made so that it could continue as a haunted house.
Baber Woods Nature Preserve Area
This is 59 acres of the only preserved remnant of the Shelbyville Moraine forest located in eastern Illinois. The woods have been virtually undisturbed and have over 210 plant species, white oak, hickories, sugar maples, and a diversity of ferns and wildflowers
Centennial Water Park
This exciting family water park has an exciting pool with a 328-foot tube slide, two body speed slides, a platform cliff jump, a 200-foot flume slide, a water play feature for young children, and a lazy river to ride around bends and under waterfalls. There is also a lawn and deck for lounging, two pavilion and picnic areas, volleyball courts, concession stands and more.
For real estate information including homes for sale in Ashmore, check with local firms that will be happy to help you in your search.