Visit this beautifully kept historical location to experience community as it should be and find out why Girard is “A Great Place to Call Home.”
- Girard History Museum was built in 1886-1888 to procure writings and artifacts pertaining to the history of Girard and its surrounding area.
- The Historic Square houses the Crawford County Courthouse dedicated in 1922. It is beautifully finished with Italian Marble and a skylight. Surrounding the square are one-of-a-kind restaurants, retail shops and businesses.
- Carnegie Library was built in 1906 making Girard the smallest city in the world to have a Carnegie Library.
- Appeal to Reason & Little Blue Book Site – Now Veterans Memorial Park. Appeal to Reason was a Socialist paper that created 750,000 copies that circulated across the world in 1913.
- Easter Celebration includes eggs, prizes, and activities for community.
- First Friday on the Square (May, June, and August) at the gazebo for great food, live music, and fun!
- July 1st Firework Celebration at the Crawford County Fairgrounds with a lineup of events; talent show, lawn mower races, and live bands leading up to a tremendous light show!
- Fall Festival/Homecoming in October begins with a parade, market and food vendors lining the square and an annual BBQ Cookoff.
- Ladies Night Out kicks off the shopping season with a night of shopping, giveaways, and a $500 prize drawing from the Chamber of Commerce.
- Christmas Festival held the first Saturday in December, has a parade, Breakfast with Santa, and a local shopping exhibition.
- Girard was known as the "Literary Capital of the United States" according to the Chicago Daily News.
- In the early 20th century, Girard was privileged to become one of the smallest towns to have both a Carnegie Library and a first-class post office.