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Address: 114 E Douglas St, Freeport, IL 61032-4116
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The posted info boards here are a model of how to present historical information.

Of the three Lincoln-Douglas Debate sites that I have been to (Galesburg, Ottawa, and Freeport), Freeport has the best informational boards with period newspapers and explanations... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Robert W
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Park Ridge, Illinois
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Park Ridge, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Of the three Lincoln-Douglas Debate sites that I have been to (Galesburg, Ottawa, and Freeport), Freeport has the best informational boards with period newspapers and explanations of the consequences of this debate (Douglas' Freeport doctrine -see Wikipedia or visit Freeport). Lincoln posed a question to Douglass that Lincoln knew how Douglas would answer. This doctrine lost Douglas many potential supporters... More 

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Thank Robert W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Debate Square is cool if you wander over from Union Dairy with your ice cream cone, but there isn't a lot to see as an attraction by itself.

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Saylorsburg
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Reviewed 30 March 2017

Summer in Freeport offers some cultural treats, concerts at the Square are one of them. Situated between the library and Union Dairy, the park is really pretty darn small, and if you don't know what you're looking for, you could miss it. Parking free at library and across the street. Peaceful site.

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Freeport, Illinois
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

Took grandkids there - they enjoyed it very much. Took lots of pics and rested on the park benches. Best part tho is the ice cream place right next door!

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Peru, Illinois
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Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

After seeing the Chicago Cubs World Series trophy at the Masonic Temple, my brother and I headed to the spot where Lincoln and Douglas had one of their debates. The City's water towers have the two on them so their influence is easily found. The two statues are the highlight plus the several information boards that are throughout the little... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 21 November 2016

If you take the time to read all the signs you could spend some time here. It was pleasant and attractive, a great little park

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Grefrath, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016

The statues and aesthetics of this historical small park is a tribute to Freeport's past. Statues are wonderful, area is well taken care of, and quiet place to relax and learn more about Lincoln and Douglas.

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Waterloo, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2016

We enjoyed walking about in this little square. The statues were very well done and there were plaques about that shared newspaper reproductions, political cartoons, etc., from the time of the famous debate. Reading the history of the events that took place here really drove home how important this area was during the years before and after the Civil War.... More 

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Los Altos, California, United States
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Reviewed 30 September 2016

A very historic place next to Union Dairy in Freeport, IL. Great place to see speeches and hang-out in downtown.

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Wadsworth
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016

We enjoyed stopping here and reading all the information on the posted signs about the Lincoln/Douglas debate. Nice small park. We also planned to visit the Union Dairy right there as well, but just our luck -- closed on Monday, which was the day we were there.

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