museums and attractions

All Veterans Memorial Park of Stephenson County

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This park honors all of the veterans from Stephenson County.

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Black Hawk War Monument

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This monument is located on the site of Kellogg’s Grove, an early settlement established in 1827 and the site of the final battle in the Black Hawk War of 1832.

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Cedarville Historical Museum

This museum is located in an 1889 school building and features a permanent exhibit honoring Jane Addams, who was born and raised in Cedarville.

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Critter Camp

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Tour Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary. Animal lovers can learn about, pet, hold and feed some of the 350 rescued animals, comprised of 30 different species.

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Fall Driving Tours

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The crisp bite of fall is in the air — you can almost taste the apple cider and doughnuts and smell the leaves burning in the fresh cool air. Stephenson County is well known for its rolling countryside and rustic farms, but another one of our great treasures is the beautiful old trees that grace the highways and byways of this county; legend has it that Johnny Appleseed planted many of these trees himself. Of course, when you combine autumn, beautiful old trees, rustic farms and rolling hills — you have a wonderland for fall drives.

As a starting place for all of our self-guided driving tours, we suggest that you begin at the Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Center, 4596 US Highway 20 East, Freeport. We also suggest that you pick up a Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Guide, “Come on in…the door is open!”, which will give you additional details about the attractions and businesses on the tours as well as maps to follow.

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Famous Fossil Vineyard and Winery

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Sample red, white, rose and fruit wines as you enjoy the view of the vineyard.

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Ferguson Fine Arts Theatre

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This theater, located on the campus of Highland Community College, features a variety of fine arts programming.

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Fever River Railroad

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The Fever River Railroad is a 120 foot by 24 foot HO scale model of a hypothetical railroad running from Duluth, Minnesota to St. Louis, Missouri.

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Freeport Art Museum

Explore five permanent galleries: European (19th century paintings, sculpture), Art of the Near and Far East (Egyptian, Chinese, and Southeast Asia), Native American (pots, baskets and Kachina dolls), African and Oceanic Art (masks, ceremonial pieces and textiles), and Contemporary (prints and paintings).

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Freeport Public Library

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Freeport Library is more than books on a shelf!

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