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The Lincoln-Douglas Debates
Freeport Tour

Located along the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial Highway, Freeport is a short drive from Galena, Chicago, Rockford. By traveling from Chicago to Freeport and then on to Galena, not only will you experience northern Illinois at its finest, but discover Lincoln's lasting legacy.

Total time is a little over 8 hours including driving.


The Windy City, the Second City, this large metropolitan are hosts a wide array of sites for every taste. From the larger world history to the local history to the Lincoln history, Chicago has you covered.

Chicago History Museum (1 hour 30 minutes)


Historic Freeport is located along the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial Highway, just a short drive from Rockford. In the downtown, visitors will find the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Square and there is a nearby historical society museum that occupies an historic home of one of Lincoln's ardent supporters, Oscar Taylor.

Lincoln-Douglas Debate Square (30 minutes)

The Stephenson County Historical Society Museum (45 minutes)


The hometown of Lincoln's general, Ulysses S. Grant, this town is framed by rolling hills, a picturesque waterway, and a host of tours, historic sites, and museums. In fact, eighty-five percent of Galena's buildings are in a National Register Historic District.

Ulysses S. Grant Home Historic Site (1 hour)

Galena History Museum (1 hour)

Chicago History Museum

Lincoln-Douglas Debate Square

Stephenson County Historical
    Society and Museum/Oscar

Galena History Museum

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