Total Time: Just under 9 hours including travel
Historic Ottawa, Illinois, features a wide range of activities
and engaging historical tours, both in person and self-guided,
with audio tours and waysides abounding.
Lincoln-Douglas Debate Site (30 minutes)
Tour (45 minutes)
A short trip over from Ottawa is Princeton,
the home of the Owen Lovejoy Homestead. A friend and admirer
of Lincoln, these two men shared a passionate dislike of
slavery that was highlighted during the debates and both
helped form the burgeoning Republicans who were still in
Owen Lovejoy Homestead (1 hour)
Traveling down the Illinois River Road, you will pass through
Pekin, where Lincoln practiced law on the Eighth Judicial
Circuit before he took up the mantle and battled Douglas
in the debates of 1858. Beardstown was the site of the infamous
Armstrong Case, featured in countless books and films and
the original courthouse Is still standing today.
Beardstown Courthouse (45 minutes)
End Day One in Jacksonville.
Total Time: Just Under Nine hours including travel
Leaving Beardstown and passing through
Havana, another city where Lincoln practiced on the Eighth
Judicial, you'll find yourself in just the place for a nice
morning walk along the more historic districts of Jacksonville.
Jacksonville is also the home to a state-of-the-art audio
driving experience, where you will learn about Lincoln and
his impact on this city. Whether you want to visit the underground
railroad in your car or travel the city by foot, Jacksonville
is the perfect spot.
Historical Jacksonville Audio Tour (1 hour)
Woodlawn Farm: Underground Railroad (1 hour)
Alton, Illinois features a wide range of
activities for all ages. For the Lincoln afficienado this
was the site of the final debate, as well as the site of
the infamous duel that almost took place, and the site of
the Confederate Prison. Visitors will find Alton bursting
at the Lincoln and Illinois History seams.
Elijah P. Lovejoy Monument (15 minutes)
Lincoln-Douglas Square (10 minutes)
Lincoln and the Civil War Legacy Trail (45 minutes)
Alton Museum of History and Art (1 hour)
Established in 1814, this historic community features a
pleasant atmosphere amidst historic buildings and antique
shopping unparalleled almost anywhere else. While not directly
relating to Lincoln, this community will let you know that
you have, as its name would imply, entered Little Egypt.
A little known gem is the Mermaid house, where Charles Dickens
stayed and wrote about in 1842.
Historic Lebanon (1 hour)
Mermaid House (30 minutes)
Hopping on I-64 and then turning south on Highway 127,
you will pass through Nashville and then Pinckneyville,
where you will drive around an historic courthouse and square
at the center of Perry County. Traveling southward, continuing
into Little Egypt and Illinois premier wine country, you
will venture into Murphysboro and through to Jonesboro,
site of the third Lincoln-Douglas Debate, deep in the heart
of southernmost Illinois.
Lincoln Douglas Debate Site (30 minutes)
General John A. Logan Museum (1 hour)
Southern Illinois Wineries and Tours (Varies)