Fun, food and family tradition has always been celebrated on our site. The Charleston Country Club was established as the Coles Country Club in 1911 and was made up of 75 members from both Charleston and Mattoon. It wasn’t until 1923 that the membership was split and the two groups formed their own clubs.
According to the history of Coles County, 1876-1976, Urban Park and the Charleston Country Club were created on the interurban electric car route west of Charleston. This very popular park was created for family enjoyment. A Charleston Plaindealer news article of the time noted that every facility for enjoyment has been provided at the park including: a large airy dancing pavilion, bowling alleys, swings, a merry-go-round, good ball grounds, an artificial lake for boating and bathing. There was also a menagerie which included fox, raccoons, bears, monkeys and more. The interurban stopped running in 1927 and the park stopped operations. The grounds were taken over by the Charleston Country Club.