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Carroll County

Savanna Museum and Cultural Center

406 Main St.
Savanna, IL 61074
The Savanna Museum & Cultural Center offers exciting and constantly changing events and traveling exhibits. The historic, 3 story building was…
Ogle County

Forreston Veteran's Memorial

Corner of Walnut & Cherry Streets
Forreston, IL
Located at the corner of Walnut Street and Cherry Street, Forreston These monuments honor Forreston area residents who served and…
Whiteside County

Morrison Welcome Center

221 W. Main St.
Morrison, IL 61270
Office of the Morrison Chamber of Commerce.  Maps and visitor information available Monday through Friday 8am - 5pm.
Ogle County

Polo History Museum

113 N. Franklin Ave
Polo, IL 61064
This handicapped accessible building was a gift to the Polo Historical Society by Shaw Printing Co. and houses vintage printing…
Lee County

Northwest Territory Historic Center

205 W. 5th Street
Dixon, Illinois 61021
The Northwest Territory Historic Center (formerly known as the Dixon Historic Center) is a History Research and Learning Center housed…
Whiteside County

Dillon Home Museum

1005 E. Third Street
Sterling, Illinois 61081
The Dillon Home is located in the heart of Sterling and is a work of Italianate Architecture, built in 1858…
Whiteside County

Prophetstown Murals

downtown business district
Prophetstown, Illinois 61277
The Murals of Prophetstown depict the history of the community and received a state of Illinois "Arts Friendly Community" award…
Whiteside County

Eclipse Square Memorial Park

301 Washington St
Prophetstown, Illinois 61277
Named after the Eclipse Lawnmower which originated in Prophetstown, this park was created to honor all those who served such…
Whiteside County

Muller's Lane Farm

9767 Hickory Hills Rd
Rock Falls, Illinois 61071
A working homestead offering tours and lessons in the homesteading lifestyle. Animal care, gardening, blacksmithing, soapmaking, spinning and more. By…
Lee County

Dixon Telegraph Museum

113 S. Peoria Ave
Dixon, Illinois 61021
The Dixon Telegraph Museum, located in the Dixon Telegraph offices, showcases the newspaper and its role in the history of…
Ogle County

Billy Barnhart Museum

201 N. 3rd
Oregon, Illinois 61061
Located in the historic Conover Square Mall, this museum features rooms of vintage toys, collectibles, sleighs, farm equipment and relics…
Ogle County

The Soldier's Monument

Washington Ave & 4th St
Oregon, IL
The Soldier's Monument, sculpted by Lorado Taft, is on the north lawn of the courthouse. It serves as a permanent…
Ogle County

Rochelle Public Library Building

619 4th Avenue
Rochelle, IL 61068
Erected in 1912 and funded by philanthropist and steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, the interior of the library has a wealth…
Ogle County

Rochelle Fire Department Museum

401 5th Avenue
Rochelle, IL 61068
Museum contains a beautifully restored 1924 fire engine called "Old Gertie" plus other antique fire department equipment.
Ogle County

Polo Public Library

302 West Mason
Polo, IL 61064
The library building was funded by the Carnegie Foundation and opened in 1904. The classic revival-style structure was placed on…
Ogle County
Built in 1853, this building houses Polo artifacts, exhibits and pictures, a collection of Civil War hats, and an extensive…
Ogle County

Ruby Nash Home/Ogle County Historical Museum

111 North 6th Street
Oregon, IL 61061
The Nash Home and Museum opened in 1962. It was the home of the Chester Nash family and was built…
Ogle County

Ogle County Courthouse

Corner of 4th and Washington
Oregon, IL
The Ogle County Courthouse was built in 1892 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Ogle County

Official Illinois Freedom Bell

Wesley Avenue
Mount Morris, IL 61054
Created in 1862 a replica of the Liberty Bell is located in a tower in the Mount Morris town square,…
Ogle County
The Jarrett Prairie Center Museum is newly renovated and the expanded museum space boasts amazing views of the Jarrett Prairie…
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