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Charleston, Illinois

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Lincoln Douglas Debate Museum

Tour the only museum in Illinois retracing the senatorial debates of 1858 between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. The museum offers exhibits and interactive displays that tell the story of the debates through film, audio selections, artifacts and photos. The museum also includes a Children'

Charleston, IL Museums

Murals Around The Square

Charleston's reputation as a city of murals is growing more and more as visitors learn of the project. The murals around the square are worth a walking tour. The tour spans a seven block area. This mural was painted by Glen C. Davies of Urbana. The mural is located on the east side of 5

Charleston, IL Murals

Dennis Hanks Gravesite

Discover the grave marker of Abraham Lincoln's "tutor," Dennis Friend Hanks (the grave is located on the southeast corner of Old City Cemetery)

Charleston, IL Cemeteries

Dudley House Museum

Tour this Queen Anne-style house listed on the National Register of Historic Places to appreciate the original woodwork, the 1920's and 1940'

Charleston, IL Museums

Thomas Lincoln Cemetary and Shiloh Church

The final resting place for a great many Civil War veterans and for Thomas and Sarah Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln's father and stepmother. The church is open to the public. The south stained glass window includes a picture of the Lincolns'

Charleston, IL Cemeteries

Things to do near Charleston, IL

Sculpture on the Avenue

Twenty-six pieces of outdoor sculpture by Midwest artists are exhibited on the Avenues of downtown Effingham. The exhibit cha...

Wall Mural

Artistic talent is showcased on a wall mural decorating a building on this quaint small town's square. The first mural at Ill...

Station Theatre

The Celebration Compnay performs in the renovated 1899 Penn Central train station known as the Station Theatre. The company's...

Vermilion County Museum

Vermilion County Museum is a new building which is a replica of the 1833 county courthouse where Lincoln practiced law from 1...

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library is both the Illinois Historical Research Library and houses the Lincoln collection o...