Experience the history of the second of the famous debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas. It was at this site on August 27, 1858 that the Freeport Doctrine, an important statement regarding slavery and state’s rights, was proclaimed by Douglas.
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This historic movie theater built in 1922 features first-run movies daily on nine screens.
Museum highlighting McConnell area history.
This residential district includes original Freeport and the city’s first street, Monterey.
Museum highlighting Rock City area history.
All aboard the antique steam train as a 36 ton 1912 Heisler steam locomotive pulls an antique red caboose, reported to be the oldest in the state, and three passenger flatcars for a four mile ride through farmlands and across a bridge 30 feet above Yellow Creek.
This museum, operated by the Stephenson County Antique Engine Club, which also operates the Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad, offers over 20 rooms of early Americana.
The Civil War Soldiers Monument on the southwest corner was dedicated in 1871 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. On the southeast corner is the Stephenson County Vietnam Era Veterans Memorial dedicated in 1987.