Whether you are a motorcoach trip planner or a sightseeing group, the Galesburg Area Convention & Visitors Bureau offers complementary assistance in planning your group visit to the Galesburg area. Below are many options to consider for your trip. Our staff can arrange one and two day tours of local sites, museums, attractions and agricultural venues, schedule time for meals at our distinctive restaurants and provide free Welcome Bags brimming with local information to enhance your visit. Free step-on guides are also available. Please call the Galesburg Area Convention & Visitors Bureau to plan your next group tour here - 800-916-3330.
TOUR DESTINATION OPTIONS
Please contact the GACVB staff for one and two day tour schedules with the following options in mind. Services and step-on guides are provided free of charge.
City of Galesburg Historic District
Included are the various City and County buildings and the old "Victorian" homes to the north of the downtown business district. Placed on the National register of Historic Places by the U. S. Department of the Interior in 1977, the area won recognition for the unique and valuable architectural examples of many styles and because of the local, regional and national significance of many of the early and notable Galesburg citizens who once lived here.
Carl Sandburg State Historic Site, 331 East Third Street, Galesburg
Author of more than forty books, Sandburg was born in Galesburg on January 6, 1878. The birthplace cottage and museum is maintained as a State Historic Site and commemorates the life of the great American poet and Lincoln biographer. The Carl Sandburg Park located behind the birthplace has a quotation walk and Sandburg's ashes lay beneath Remembrance Rock in the Park. The tour includes a 15 minute video presentation highlighting Sandburg's life.
Central Congregational Church, Public Square
This imposing Richardsonian Romanesque church building, constructed in 1898 of dark red sandstone transported from Michigan and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has a number of magnificent rose windows and is located on the site of the "Old First Church"— founded by the original settlers who came here with George Washington Gale to start a religious community and college.
Seminary Street Historic Commercial District
Seminary Street is one of the Midwest's stunning success stories in downtown restoration. Buildings once nearly abandoned now thrive with unique restaurants, distinctive specialty shops, a day spa, a coffee roastery, a new & used book store, health food store and a bakery. Antiques and collectibles from some of the Midwest's finest dealers can be found at The Galesburg Antiques Mall in the historically restored building on the corner of Main and Seminary Streets.
Galesburg Railroad Museum
Experience railroading of the early 1900s at the Galesburg Railroad Museum next to the Amtrak Depot. The museum holds an extensive collection of railroad memorabilia for the public viewing. Take a tour through a restored passenger engine built in 1930 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works, a fully-outfitted car used by the Railway Mail Service and Railway Express Agency, a Pullman parlor car, caboose and two 1950's inspection cars outfitted with track maintenance tools.
The Orpheum Theatre opened in 1916 as a vaudeville house and hosted many early stars of stage and screen, including Jack Benny, George Burns, Harry Houdini, Al Jolson, Edgar Bergen, Fanny Brice and Blackstone the Magician. Today the Orpheum Theatre features top touring, theatrical, musical and comedic talent from around the country and local performing arts groups. The facade is French Second Empire style and the interior features classic Corinthian columns. An Italian Renaissance plaster frieze graces the mezzanine hall and French baroque medallions ring the main hall.
Knox College's "Old Main"
Old Main's construction in 1857 reflected the prosperity that the new railroad began brought to Galesburg in 1851. It is the sole remaining original site of the great Lincoln-Douglas debates in 1858, two years before Lincoln became President. The fifth debate of the seven held statewide was staged against the east wall of Old Main and two large bronze plaques with the likenesses of Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas grace that wall. Old Main is registered as a National Landmark and is a significant example of American Gothic Revival architecture.
Corpus Christi Catholic Church
Completed in 1885, the church has a 150' spire and neo-Gothic architecture. Corpus Christi houses the holy relic of St. Crescent, taken out of the catacombs in Rome in 1838 – one of only ten Catholic Churches in the U.S.A to have this honor.
NAEIR (National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources)
One of the largest non-profit gifts-in-kind organizations in the United States serving as a clearing house for donated merchandise for re-distribution to member schools, churches and other non-profit organizations. During the past 30 years NAEIR has re-distributed over $2 billion worth of office & janitorial supplies, clothing, paper goods and other items from this 10 acre warehouse located in Galesburg.
Woodland View Farm
Horse riding farm boasts 360 rolling acres of trails with creek crossing pastures, woods, nature prairielands wetlands and ponds with a recreated 1750's French style fort. Indoor riding arena, wagon rides overlooking wetland projects and barn tours. Open May through October.
Heartland "Criations" Alpacas LLC
Guests learn about investing in alpacas and the alpaca lifestyle. Visit their farm store featuring finished alpaca products including socks, scarves, gloves, blankets, yarn and more.
Monsanto Learning Center
Located on a 480 acre research farm, visitors will learn about agronomic issues affecting farmers today as well as tomorrow and view the newest Monsanto technologies.
Agricultural Tour Option
This one day tour is arranged through the GACVB and a step-on guide is provided free of charge
- Visit one of these farm implement dealers in the area - Martin Sullivan Equipment carrying John Deere Products or Birkey's selling Case – International Harvester.
- Tour a local corn & soybean farm to view their biotechnology agriculture with 20% of their corn shipped to Peoria for ethanol production.
- Tour Monsanto Learning Center, a 480 acre research farm offering a variety of demonstrations on corn, soybean, weed management and other cutting edge agricultural advances.