About Divernon, Illinois
Divernon, Illinois is located just fifteen minutes south of Springfield, the State Capital, along Interstate 55 at exit 80. The Village was founded in 1887 and named Divernon by H.C. Barnes. The name came from a heroine from Sir Walter Scott's Rob Roy book, her name was Diana Vernon and her friends called her Di Vernon.
Divernon elected it's first board of trustees in 1900. Today Divernon has a population of 1200. A new TIF District was approved in 2007 to gain new businesses and to help update other area.
In 2007, the Divernon School District was dissolved due to declining enrollment and joined the Auburn School District. Auburn utilizes the Divernon school buildings for grades K-3 ( for students who live in Divernon) and the Middle School for all students.
Over the years, Divernon has seen the business atmosphere change. The Madison Coal Mine No. 6 and the Illinois Central Railroad used to be an integral part of the village, now both are gone. There are several family owned businesses, however, that have remained the mainstay of the community including Bramley Funeral Home, Emerson Press, Herman's Garage and Rettberg's Inc.
There are other family owned businesses that are an integral part of the business community, Bolash Roofing & Construction, Inc., Bonita's Portrait Studio, Lisa's Antique Malls and Wilson Construction. There are many other business in Divernon including gas stations, taverns, constructions companies, hair salons, craft malls, restaurants and the Illini Bank. United Community Bank (UCB) has a new bank being built in Divernon and is expected to open in the spring of 2008.
Divernon is unique to most towns in Sangamon County in that the main part of town and the residential area are located at Exit 80 and a large business district is located at Exit 82 and Route 104.
Come and enjoy what generations of families have enjoyed in Divernon, the relaxing atmosphere of life in a small town. Stop by to visit, shop, dine or wet your whistle at one of our local businesses. You will also find Divernon an excellent place to live, a place where you will actually get to know your neighbors and make life long friends.