414 W. Main St., Greenville, IL, 62246 / Cake artist: Linda Thompson
*National Register of Historic Places*
Greenville is the county seat of Bond County, Illinois. The city of Greenville, about 50 miles from St. Louis, will celebrate its bi-centennial in 2015. It is known to be the home of Greenville College, a religious educational institution. (The popular Christian rock band Jars of Clay recorded most of their first album there) Bond County was named after Illinois’ first governor, Shadrach Bond. Bond County has several small towns and villages. Country superstar Gretchen Wilson is proudly from Pocahontas, as the founder of the In-N-Out burger chain, Esther Snyder, grew up in Sorento.
The Greenville Public Library was built in 1904, and it opened in 1905. At the request of then-Illinois lieutenant governor W.A. Northcott, it received massive funding from steel magnate Andrew Carnegie. It is one of the few Carnegie libraries that is still being used as a hometown library.
Cake placement date: June 9
Where is the cake now?: The cake was removed in mid-January, and it was re-painted by the Greenville High School Art Club for the city’s Bicentennial celebration! It was unveiled on September 5, 2015. The cake will be either placed outside the library again or outside City Hall after Labor Day 2015. Article about the re-painted cake here. It is unknown if it is still on public display as of April 25.