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If youre a history or genealogy buff, try Freeport, its worth the trip!
Start in Freeports historical downtown, at the Freeport Public Libraryits genealogy room is recognized among genealogists nationwide. Maybe you can learn something new about your familys history.
While youre there, check out the lost Freeport Photos displayed throughout the building. Then, if you like what you see, buy a souvenir photo album that comes with a walking tour guide from the photographers perspective. You can compare todays Freeport with the Freeport of yesteryear. And dont miss seeing the sculpture of Abraham Lincoln kicking back and reading a book; it is spectacular (smaller replicas of this statuette are available for purchase).
Immediately east of the Library, you can visit the Lincoln-Douglas Debate site, where Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas debated the Freeport Doctrine and slaveryit was a pivotal event that helped launch Lincoln onto the national political stage, and set him on a course to the presidency.
While at the site, close your eyes and imagine the sights, sounds and aromas of the day; feel the excitement. Picture the train arriving with Lincoln standing on the platform, and then go next door to get some ice cream from Albers Ice Cream Parlorthe old Union Dairy.
Other historical and/or cultural sites of interest include the Freeport Art Museum, where you can purchase a copy of local artist Roger Hills Bus Tour, a collection of stories and sketches of some of the significant buildings and people from Freeports past. You might also visit the Stephenson County Freeport Historical Society and the Silver Creek Stephenson Railroad.
I suggest finishing your day by getting a picnic lunch from a local vendor and visiting one of Freeports many beautiful parks.
From the April 19-25, 2006, issue