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Lincoln Douglas Debate Square

114 E Douglas St, Freeport, IL 61032-4116
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Debate Square is Freeport's historical gem

Great place for folks to find out how the senatorial debate in Freeport, between Abe Lincoln and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Well done monument to a piece of our history.

Tiny little park and easy sight-seeing opportunity. Well done markers that explain a piece of our... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Lacey C
Granbury, Texas
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114 E Douglas St, Freeport, IL 61032-4116
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Great place for folks to find out how the senatorial debate in Freeport, between Abe Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, later propelled Lincoln to the presidency. The small park is landscaped to appear somewhat as it would have looked in 1858, at the time of this...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Tiny little park and easy sight-seeing opportunity. Well done markers that explain a piece of our political history. As other reviews have stated, do not miss Union Dairy next door! Their Coconut Explosion is incredible!!!

Thank Lacey C
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's an easy park to find, next to Union Dairy and a lot of history here for children to learn from.

Thank peeqn06
Reviewed 10 May 2017

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...More

Thank Robert W
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.

Thank Kate P
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...More

Thank carolec138
Reviewed 14 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!

Thank tmls
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...More

Thank John W
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

Thank Grammanator
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.

Thank Gail K
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