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Old Main - Knox College

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Old Main’s construction in 1857 reflected the prosperity that the new railroad began bringing to Galesburg three years earlier. It is the sole remaining original site of the great Lincoln-Douglas debates in 1858. The debate 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. You can now enjoy a recently installed exhibit on the main floor Old Main that depicts Knox College History. The most impressive feature of this exhibit is a bronze Lincoln Life Mask and other wonderful displays honoring Knox's connection to "Honest Abe."  Registered as a National Landmark, the building itself is a significant example of American Gothic Revival architecture.

Listing Details

Address:
1 E. South Street, Galesburg, IL, 61401
Telephone:
Hours - Mon:
8:00am - 4:30pm, or by appt.
Hours - Wed:
8:00am - 4:30pm, or by appt.
Hours - Thurs:
8:00am - 4:30pm, or by appt.
Hours - Fri:
8:00am - 4:30pm, or by appt.
Season Open:
Open: September - May, except major holidays.
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