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Ogle County

Henry School

Route 26 & Henry Rd
Polo, IL
The 1878 Henry School, on the Galena Trail, was used as a school until 1957. Purchased by the Polo Historical…
Ogle County
Ogle County Genealogical Research Library

Ogle County Genealogical Research Library

305 North First Street
Holcomb, IL
Library consists of Ogle County genealogical records, early marriages, plat maps from 1850 to 1872, and more. Established 1960. By…
Ogle County

Rochelle Flagg Township Museum

518 4th Ave
Rochelle, IL 61068
Museum holds a large collection of antiques and genealogical information. One of the more important artifacts is the 1915 Partin-Palmer…
Ogle County

Chana School

River Road
Oregon, IL
This two-room schoolhouse was built in 1883 and was recently restored. Living history programs, school artifacts and more.
Ogle County

Byron Museum of History & Lucius Read House

110 North Union St
Byron, IL 61010
Featuring local history and the Lucius Read house (circa 1843), the museum's exhibits include "Into the Outhouse", "Byron in the…
Ogle County

Burns House

201 North Franklin Avenue
Polo, IL 61064
The Burns House was the first brick house built in Polo in 1854 and is owned by the Polo Historical…
Ogle County

Black Hawk Statue

Lowden State Park
Oregon, IL 61061
The Eternal Indian Statue, commonly known as Black Hawk, was created by sculptor Lorado Taft in 1911and is located in…
Ogle County

Battleground Memorial Park - Stillman's Run

218 West Main Street
Stillman Valley, IL 61084
Abraham Lincoln, as a 23-year-old captain in the volunteer militia was mustered at Fort Dixon during the Black Hawk Indian…
Ogle County

1870 Buffalo Grove Lime Kiln

Galena Trail Road
Polo, IL 61064
Located on the Old Galena Trail, this lime kiln was in operation until the early 1900's and burned rock from…
Ogle County

Oregon Sculpture Trail

various locations in Oregon
Oregon, IL 61061
The Oregon Sculpture Trail began in 1911 with the creation of Lorado Taft's sculpture, "The Eternal Indian" - commonly referred…
Ogle County

Rochelle Railroad Park

124 North 9th Street
Rochelle, IL 61068
Anywhere from 80 to 120 trains pass through Rochelle in a 24 hour period. This has made Rochelle a “hot…
Whiteside County

Tampico Area Historical Museum

119 South Main Street
Tampico, IL 61283
This museum includes a family history library and research center, family and local histories, Ronald Reagan photos and documents, memorabilia…
Whiteside County

Sterling Rock Falls Historical Museum

1005 East 3rd Street
Sterling, IL 61081
Located in the Carriage House on the grounds of the Dillon Home Museum. This museum traces the history of this…
Whiteside County

Sterling Mural Society

Various locations in downtown Sterling
Sterling, IL 61081
In January 2014, the Sterling Mural Society, originally established in 1995, came under the stewardship of Sterling Main Street.  20…
Whiteside County

Ronald Reagan Birthplace

111 South Main
Tampico, IL 61283
Apartment where Ronald Reagan was born which has been restored and decorated using furnishings similar to those used by the…
Whiteside County

Firehouse Fire Museum

403 W 2nd St
Rock Falls, IL 61071
Located at the former Rock Falls Fire Station in uptown Rock Falls, the Firehouse Ministries Fire Museum takes a look…
Whiteside County

Morrison's Heritage Museum

202 East Lincolnway
Morrison, IL 61270
Located at 202 East Lincoln Highway, a building on the National Historic Register, Morrison’s Heritage Museum has many interesting exhibits…
Whiteside County

Martin House Museum

707 10th Avenue
Fulton, IL
Home to Fulton's Historical Society, the Martin House Museum features memorabilia and artifacts pertinent to Fulton's history. The home also…
Whiteside County

Little Red Schoolhouse Museum

512 East 11th Street
Rock Falls, IL 815-625-0272
Replica of an early 19th-century American one-room schoolhouse. Open Sunday afternoons and by appointment.
Whiteside County

Henry C. Adams Memorial Library

209 West 3rd Street
Prophetstown, IL
Erected in memory of Henry Adams who was founder of Eclipse Lawn Mower, which was built in Prophetstown.
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