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GALESBURG Dear Visitors, Welcome to Galesburg, the County Seat of Knox County in Illinois. We are a city of 33,000. Our historic community is 180 years old in 2017. Our community is forever tied to Knox College. Both community and college were founded by Presbyterians from upstate New York. Galesburg was home to the first anti-slavery society in Illinois, founded in 1837, and was a stop on the Underground Railroad. When runaway slaves reached Galesburg, they were considered to be as safe as if they had made it to Canada. Even though our county was divided, our city vigorously defended runaway slaves. The city was the site of the fifth LincolnDouglas debate, on a temporary speaker’s platform attached to Knox College’s Old Main building on October 7, 1858. Knox College continues to maintain and use Old Main to this day. Lincoln framed his debate for emancipation at Knox College. An Underground Railroad Museum and Lincoln-Douglas Debate Museum were built in Knox College’s Alumni Hall after it reopened as a Leed Silver building in 2015. Galesburg was the home of Mary Ann “Mother” Bickerdyke. She was responsible for establishing 300 field hospitals during the American Civil War and served as a lawyer assisting veterans and their families with obtaining pensions after the war. On July 19, 2017, we will be celebrating Bickerdyke’s 200th birthday with an event in Standish Park in our downtown. Throughout much of its history, Galesburg has been inextricably tied to the railroad industry. The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad (CB&Q) sited major rail sorting yards here, including the first to use hump sorting. Amtrak provides two daily round trip trains to Chicago (the Carl Sandburg & the Illinois Zephyr) on the Chicago to Quincy corridor. There are two daily round trip trains (the California Zephyr & Southwest Chief) that provide service all

the way west to California. About 100,000 passengers step on to trains in Galesburg each year. Even today, Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad maintains a large hump sorting yard and diesel locomotive shop. Nearly 160 trains a day pass through Galesburg, making our community a unique mecca for Railfans from around the world. BNSF is still a major employer in the Galesburg Area. Retired railroad workers maintain the Galesburg Railroad Museum, right next to the Amtrak Depot. The museum is open April to September. Our wonderful community is easy to find along Interstate 74 & US 34. We are 3 hours from Chicago to the North & St. Louis to the South. There are two international airports, the Quad City International Airport & the Peoria International Airport within 50 minutes of Galesburg. Our own Galesburg Municipal Airport has Jet Air charter service and can accommodate small aircraft. As I mentioned above, we are an Illinois Amtrak community with twice daily service to Chicago & twice daily service to the west coast. Stop by our Welcome Center at 2163 East Main Street for all the information needed to have an enjoyable visit to our community. Our website is visitgalesburg. com. There’s a wealth of history, restaurant, lodging and event information on the site. Visit our Facebook page @gacvb & our twitter page @GalesburgCVB. When taking photos in our community please use one of these hashtags #galesburg #visitgalesburg #experiencegalesburg. We want to follow your enjoyment as you experience Galesburg and Knox County.

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CARL SANDBURG STATE HISTORIC SITE 313 East Third Street 309-342-2361 | Open Thursday-Sunday from 9am-5pm

Author-poet Carl Sandburg was born here in a three-room cottage on January 6, 1878. From these humble beginnings, Sandburg went on to achieve international acclaim for his poetry, children’s stories and a six-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln. A Visitors’ Center and gift shop is located next to the birthplace. Be sure to walk through the wooded park and perennial garden where the ashes of Carl Sandburg and his wife lie beneath “Remembrance Rock.” Quotation Walk leads you through the garden with famous quotes from Carl Sandburg’s writings engraved in the stepping stones.

“Nothing happens unless first a dream.”

- Carl Sandburg, Author-poet and Galesburg native

GALESBURG CIVIC ART CENTER 114 East Main Street 309-342-7415 Open: Year-round, except major holidays Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10:30am to 4:30pm Saturday 10:30am to 3:00pm



Monthly exhibitions include both local and national artists in each of the Art Center’s two exhibition galleries. Each spring, the Joanne R. Goudie Gallery features a national juried show, GALEX, showcasing a variety of work from around the country. The Art Center hosts several annual events. Art in the Park, a one day art fair, is held each September in Standish Park Arboretum. Each summer, the Art Center invites artists to participate in a residency program. The Black Earth Film Festival is held each year and includes independent films from around the world. In addition, the Art Center organizes several fun-filled events each year to support the Art Center’s operating budget. Unique, artistic and hand-crafted items can be found in One12, the Art Center’s retail shop.

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CENTRAL CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH 309-343-5145 Open: Year-round, except major holidays Call for hours of operation This imposing Richardsonian Romanesque church building, constructed in 1898 of dark red sandstone transported from Michigan, 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.

CORPUS CHRISTI CATHOLIC CHURCH 273 South Prairie Street 309-343-8256 Open: Year-round, except major holidays Hours: 9:00am to Noon and 1:00-4:30pm Completed in 1885, the church has a 150’ spire and neo-Gothic architecture. Less than ten Catholic churches in the U.S. have a saint’s body, and Corpus Christi houses the holy relic of St. Crescent. As a child of about nine years of age, St. Crescent suffered martyrdom in the persecution of Christians by the Romans toward the end of the third Century. • 1.800.916.3330


WHAT TO SEE DISCOVERY DEPOT CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 128 South Chambers Street 309-344-8876 Open: Year-round, except major holidays Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm Sunday 12:00-5:00pm (open Mondays in the Summer) Discovery Depot Children’s Museum offers 26 interactive exhibits, a fully enclosed playground, the Blick Art Studio and a genuine Burlington Northern Caboose for kids and families to explore. Check out our interactive combine, make a pizza in the pizzeria or test your flight design skills in our towering wind tube. “Inspiring Wonder and Excitement” the Discovery Depot also offers various programs for children to engage in learning throughout the year. Concessions are available and free Wi-Fi is offered. The place for family fun and for Kids of ALL ages. General admission. Birthday party rentals and facility rentals available.

GALESBURG RAILROAD MUSEUM 211 South Seminary Street 309-342-9400 Open: April through September Hours: April- September: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm, Sunday Noon to 4:00pm Group tours of 10 or more by appointment Experience the Heart and Soul of railroading from 1854 to the present. This extensive collection is housed in the new (2004) museum located next to the Amtrak station. See a complete station agents area, a central traffic control console, sit in the engineers seat and be at the controls of a GP30 locomotive. Take a tour of our 1930 Baldwin built 4-6-4 Hudson 3006 locomotive, a fully restored Railway Post Office and Railway Express car as well as a Pullman parlor car and of course a complete 1930 caboose. Several inspection and maintenance of way cars and tools are ready for viewing.

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KNOX COLLEGE OLD MAIN 2 E. South Street 309-341-7337 | Open: September-May, except major holidays Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm, or by appointment


As the last surviving site of one of the Lincoln-Douglas debates, Knox College holds a special place in the history books. Abraham Lincoln’s legacy has continued to be very important to the college, reflecting well on the institution’s abolitionist founding. The historic debate site at Old Main now features a newly renovated interior making the perfect host for The Dr. Douglas L. Wilson Gallery. Combined with The Whitcomb Heritage Center right next store at the newly modernized Alumni Hall, these two museum-quality exhibits help inform the turbulent political atmosphere and moral dilemmas faced by the nation’s 16th president.

200 South Cherry Street 309-343-3121 Open: Year-round, except major holidays Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm


The cornerstone of this sandstone building was laid in 1884 and construction was completed in 1886 at a cost of $150,000. The ornate details are typical of the Romanesque period. On the east lawn, you’ll find the Mother Bickerdyke Memorial. This sculpture is dedicated to a Galesburg woman who served the wounded Union soldiers during the Civil War. To the west of the Courthouse is Standish Park Arboretum with over 170 trees and shrubs.

Located at Lincoln Park The Veterans Memorial was put in place to honor all veterans past and present. In a beautiful location which is easily accessible to all veterans, their families and people interested in visiting and honoring these brave ­and courageous veterans. • 1.800.916.3330


WHAT TO SEE ORPHEUM THEATRE 57 South Kellogg Street 309-342-2299 Open: Year-round except major holidays Tours by appointment or during regular ­business hours as staffing permits Box Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 10:00am to 5:00pm and Two (2) hours prior to showtimes The Orpheum Theatre opened in 1916. 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. Originally built as a vaudeville house, the Orpheum hosted many early stars of stage and screen, including Jack Benny, George Burns and Houdini. In addition, to hosting many local performing arts groups including the award-winning Knox-Galesburg Symphony, the Orpheum Theatre features top touring theatrical, musical and comedic talent from around the country.

STOCKDALE SOLDIER CITIZEN MUSEUM 1001 Michigan Avenue 309-342-1181 Open: By appointment only. Year-round, except major holidays, open Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day ­­ Located in the Robert Dunlap Room of the Admiral James Stockdale VFW Building, the museum has artifacts from the War of 1812 through Desert Storm. An M-60 tank is in front of the building.



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CARL SANDBURG STATUE Located on the Public Square, Downtown Galesburg The Galesburg Public Art Commission raised mostly private funds to engage the services of acclaimed artist Lonnie Stewart to create the statue of 2 time Pulitzer Prize winning author Carl Sandburg and Nelly the Goat. Nelly is a representation of the Nubian Goats at Sandburg’s estate, Connemara, in North Carolina. In the Fall of 2015, the statue was placed on the square.

REAGAN TRAIL Galesburg is one of a handful of communities linking the historical landmarks that played a vital role in Ronald Reagan’s life in Illinois. Galesburg is also unique as it is the only place where both the former President and First Lady grew up in the same community. Stop by the Galesburg Welcome Center for a brochure with a self-guided tour of Reagan sites or call 309-343-2485.

LINCOLN STATUE Amtrak Station 225 S. Seminary St. A life-size granite statue of Abraham Lincoln, modeled after the one in the Capitol rotunda in Washington, D.C., greets visitors in front of the Amtrak depot. • 1.800.916.3330








April 4-8, 2017

Fat Fish Pub, Orpheum Theatre and Galesburg Public Library

January 28, 2017

Always the last Saturday in January search International Fair Food, arts, crafts & entertainment from around the world, presented by Knox College students and visiting performers.

Internationally recognized jazz artists, plus regional bands and the award-winning Knox College Jazz Ensemble. 36th Annual KnoxRootabaga Jazz Festival featuring Matuto and Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band.



CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL February 11 & 12, 2017

Annual festival featuring homemade and commercially made chocolate treats. It is an endless buffet of tortes, cakes, pies, cookies, candies, beverages and much more. It’s a chocolate lover’s dream. This year the festival is being held at 156 East, a new addition to Galesburg’s many places for events, meetings, conventions and more. Located at 156 E. Main Street in downtown Galesburg. Event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. $8 per person.



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June 17, 2017

21st annual festival celebrating the life and legacy of Galesburg native, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Lincoln biographer--Carl Sandburg. Includes three days of literary, history, sporting, and children’s events.

The Sandburg Mall in Galesburg will host the 2nd Annual Western Illinois Semi Truck Cruise-in on Saturday, June 17 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Over 50 trucks will be on display outside the Sandburg Mall. There will be a Cruise Parade at 4:00 PM starting at the mall. All trucks, makes and models are welcome. Join this year’s family friendly cruise-in and let the trucks shine.


June RGR 2017

RUN GALESBURG RUN June 4, 2017 Half marathon, 5k, and 1 mile options. Starts and ends in downtown Galesburg.

RAILTOWN RUMBLE June 4, 2017 Car cruise held at the Lincoln Park Gazebo on the first Sunday in June which is June 4, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4p.m.


Always the 4th full weekend in June Annual event celebrating the city’s railroad heritage with a carnival, exhibits, a street fair, railyard tours, 5 & 10k runs, hobby train show, flea market, rib cook-off and much more. Over 40 events--most of them free.

JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL June 15-17, 2017 Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. The celebration began with the freeing of the last set of slaves in Galveston, TX on June 19, 1865. This occasion is remembered with a variety of events throughout the community.

MORE ON 34 June 17 & 18, 2017 Always Father’s Day weekend 100+ Miles of Yard Sales through seven counties from Sandwich, Illinois to Galesburg, Illinois. GREAT FUN – entertainment, demonstrations, historic sites. GREAT SALES – bargains, treasures, unique collectibles, antiques. GREAT TIME – food, lodging, attractions, shopping.


July KNOX COUNTY FAIR July 11-15, 2017 Come celebrate the 166th Knox County Fair held in the historic Knox County Fairgrounds, which has been in existence since 1851. Enjoy FREE entertainment, beer garden, GREAT FOOD, vendors, carnival, nightly grandstand events, exhibits and much more. Figure 8 racing and of course the ever popular demolition derby.


Always the 4th Thursday in July Sample food from numerous area restaurants; enjoy live entertainment and beer garden.

GREAT BALLOON RACE July 28-30, 2017

Always the 4th week end in July A colored filled weekend of 25 plus hot air balloons flying overhead. Featuring night glows, competition, opportunity to view up close and talk to pilots.

RIVER 2 RIVER CAR CRUISE August 18-19, 2017

Always the third Friday in August. Saturday is a new addition to event. Hundreds of vintage cars, street rods, trucks, antiques, special interest vehicles, with a cruise on Main Street Friday night. Food, entertainment, vendors - celebrity drivers and collectors - fun for the whole family. On Saturday August 19 ,2017, there will be a car show and swap meet in Galesburg. Information to be announced.



August 18-20, 2017

September 4-9, 2017

Always the third week end in August Feel the excitement, experience the history of two time periods in America, featuring a Civil War Battle Reenactments and Pre 1840’s Rendezvous. A traveling family circus, period food stands and crafts for sale, fishing contest for children, canoe races on the lake, President Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin, night firing of cannons and a military ball. A great family outing to end summer.



Always starts Labor Day thru Sunday Annual event that hosts the largest gathering of Stearman bi-planes in the world and includes fun flying, programs, seminars and fly-outs to various locations. The event also includes numerous contests including: flour bombing; precision aerobatics; formation flying; and short field take off and spot landings. The event concludes with the annual banquet on Saturday evening.


KNOX COUNTY SCENIC DRIVE Oct. 7 & 8 and 14 & 15, 2017

Always the first 2 full weekends in Oct.

September MONARCH MIGRATION FESTIVAL Saturday, September 9, 2017 10am- 2:30pm Migrate to the Lakeside Nature Center for a day of activities, education and fun events. There will be plenty to do and to learn concerning Monarch butterflies. This event is hosted by the Galesburg Recreation Division. 345-3683.

Enjoy historic sites, displays, demonstrations, and country cooking as you take a self-conducted driving tour through some of the most beautiful parts of the historic Spoon River valley.


Always the Thursday after Thanksgiving An annual, enchanted, adult only evening full of festive holiday spirit. Kick off your holidays with food, drinks and friends at this whimsical event. Elegant trees, home décor, unique gifts, trips, jewelry and more for auction and/or purchase. Festivities begin at 5:00pm.



Cherish family traditions! Begin your winter holiday season on Thanksgiving weekend with festive music, simmering foods, friendly greetings and a visit with St. Nicholas. Take home natural Christmas trimming and exquisite one-of-a-kind gifts for family and friends. End your visit with a horse-drawn wagon ride through the walnut grove!

December 9, 2017

Always the week end after Thanksgiving

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There’s a new event for the holiday season that will delight children of all ages. Galesburg Express – Believe in the Magic is a holiday open house for downtown Galesburg businesses. The event features live performances by Prairie Players Civic Theatre, Sugar High Theatricals, a screening of The Polar Express at the Orpheum, carriage rides, kids crafts and so much more!




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GALESBURG Acapulco Restaurant 1576 N. Henderson Street 309-345-0066

Cherry St. Restaurant & Bar 57 S Cherry Street 309-344-4480

Alfano’s Pizzeria 801 E. Main Street, Knoxville 309-289-2222

Chez Willy’s 41 S Seminary Street 309-341-4141

Applebee’s 1966 N. Henderson Street (309) 344-7325 Arby’s 1661 N Henderson Street 309-344-2591 Indian Cuisine Best Western Prairie Inn Cafe 300 S. Soangetaha Road 309-343-7151


GloBar Juice & Smoothie 337 E. Main Street (309) 351-1674 Grandpa’s Hot Dog Cart Public Square 309-368-2356 Grandview Restaurant 2221 Grand Avenue 309-342-6800

Dairy Queen 1048 Grand Avenue 309-342-1970

Happy Joe’s Pizza & Grille 1727 N Henderson Street 309-344-3121

Dairy Queen 678 N Henderson Street 309-342-1981

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Delino’s 765 N Kellogg Street 309-342-3372

Big Catz BBQ 221 E. Main Street, Knoxville 309-388-0020

El Rancherito 1824 N Henderson Street 309-341-2233

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Budde’s Pizza 421-425 E Main Street 309-343-3502

En Season 2900 W Main Street 309-343-0736

Innkeepers Coffee 80 N Seminary Street 309-344-2625

Buffalo Wild Wings 2683 N Seminary Street 309-341-1244

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Iron Spike Brewing Company 150 E Simmons Street 309-297-4718

Cellar Pizza & Pub 51 N Prairie Street 309-341-3447 Find us on Facebook

Sitka Salmon Shares 2900 W. Main Street 309-342-3474

Java Station Espresso 1426 N Henderson Street 309-343-1800


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Jerry’s MoJo Locations vary, please call 309-299-5753 Find us on Facebook Jimmy John’s 235 E Main Street 309-343-0010 Kastle Kreme Ice Cream 1595 W Main Street 309-343-0485 Kensington Catering & Banquet Services 311 E. Simmons Street 309-342-2577 Kentucky Fried Chicken 1612 E Main Street 309-343-5159 Kentucky Fried Chicken 1017 N Henderson Street 309-342-3139 Knights of Columbus 1556 E. Fremont Street 309-343-6415

Marco’s Pizza 1095 E Main Street 309-343-2552

Seminary Street Pub 105 S. Seminary Street 309-351-5220

McDonalds 1072 N Henderson Street 309-343-8340 McDonalds 1158 E. Main Street (309) 343-1539 McDonalds Highway County 10, Knoxville (309) 289-9351 Packinghouse Restaurant 441 Mulberry Street 309-342-6868 Pizza House 132 E Simmons Street 309-343-8376

Shady Hill Saloon 1374 Monmouth Boulevard 309-342-6747 Sidetrax Bar & Grill 441 E Main Street 309-344-8193 Sirloin Stockade 2200 N Henderson Street 309-344-2011 Soangetaha Country Club 238 N Soangetaha Road 309-342-6104 Sonya’s Sweetie Pies 404 W South Street, Knoxville 309-337-5975 Sully’s 1075 N Henderson Street 309-342-9325

Knoxville Family Restaturant 310 E. Main Street, Knoxville 309-289-8888

Pizza Hut 1555 E Main Street 309-342-2061

Landmark Cafe & Creperie 62 S. Seminary Street (309) 343-5376

Pizza Hut - Fremont St. 896 W Fremont Street 309-342-2717

Vintages Tasting Room 215 E Main Street 309-335-2744

Little Caesars Pizza 1526 N Henderson Street 309-344-3633

Rib Shack 1815 N Henderson Street 309-344-1915

Wendy’s 976 N. Henderson Street (309) 342-7011

80 N. Seminary Street, Galesburg, 309.344.2625 ? Mon-Fri 6:30am-6:00pm • Sat 7:00am-5:00pm • Sun 8:00am-5:00pm

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DOWNTOWN COUNCIL 309-343-9189 Galesburg’s Downtown Council­provides shopping, eating, cultural, and entertainment opportun­ities. The Downtown hosts over 300 businesses—including more than 100 retail stores—and plenty of free parking. From traditional to trendy, you can find it all in Downtown Galesburg.



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SEMINARY STREET HISTORY DISTRICT Seminary Street is one of the Midwest’s stunning success stories in downtown restoration. Buildings once nearly abandoned now thrive with restaurants, distinctive specialty shops, a day spa, coffee roastery and a bakery. A warm welcome awaits you under the awnings on Seminary Street. Discover independent, owner-operated shops that offer friendly, personal service. Antiques and collectibles from some of the Midwest’s finest dealers can be found at The Galesburg Antiques Mall Co. Housed in an elegant 1890s three-story building which has been completely restored, this is one of the most beautiful antique malls in the Midwest— on the corner of Main and Seminary. • 1.800.916.3330


SEMINARY SQUARE Seminary Square is right off U.S. 34 on Seminary Street and is the newest shopping center in Galesburg. There are restaurants and stores to please a variety of tastes.

HENDERSON STREET Many of Galesburg’s restaurants are located on Henderson Street. You’ll also find retail stores along the street, including a computer store and several shopping areas.

HAWTHORNE CENTRE CRAFT & ANTIQUES MALL DOWNTOWN DISTRICT Many of Galesburg’s specialty shops can be found on Main Street. From a bike shop to a wine shop, clothing and restaurants, our Downtown District is a gem.



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309-344-2818 This unique gift headquarters offers fine arts andcrafts, featuring over 100 exhibitors of handmade items. See our newly opened Antiques Mall.


Clock Repair

The Rocking Horse

1347 W. Main Street, Galesburg 309-342-0602 by appointment

141 N. Side Public Square, Knoxville 309-371-3500 Wed-Fri 10-5, Sat 10-3 Open 9-5 during the Knox County Scenic Drive

Specializing in antiques, clock repair.

Attic Antique Shop 161-175 E. Water Street, Galesburg 309-342-7956 M-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5 Oldest (40 years) and largest antiques store in Galesburg. Full block full of furniture, glassware, primitives, clocks, much more.

Galesburg Antiques Mall 349 E. Main Street, Galesburg 309-342-8571 Open 7 days a week, Sunday open at Noon Offering a strong line of quality antiques in all categories, from primitive to Victorian to 50s.

Hawthorne Centre Craft and Antiques Mall 2188 Veterans Drive, Galesburg 309-344-2818 M-Fri 9-6, Sat 10-5, Sun 11-4 This unique gift headquarters offers fine arts and crafts, featuring over 100 exhibitors of handmade items with a newly opened building filled with antiques for your browsing and shopping pleasure.

This Ole’ Rust Bucket on Main Street 341 E. Main Street, Galesburg 309-335-2004 M-Sat 10-4, Sun 12-4 A little bit of everything.

Antique collectibles, Larimar jewelry, original artword, antiques, modern and collectible dolls.

The Junk Drawer 147 S. Cherry Street, Galesburg 309-221-7542 Specializing in primitives, antiques and more!

Main & Prairie Antiques and More 153 E. Main Street, Galesburg 309-351-0151 or 309-371-0712 Tues-Sat 10-6, Sun 12-5 Antiques, primitives, vintage furniture.


KNOX COUNTY Knox County has many history rich towns and villages that will inspire and charm your traveling spirit. Nestled between the great Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, these communities were forged in the 1800s by pioneers looking for a better way of life. Each town celebrates its uniqueness with festivals, events, outdoor recreation and local historical treasures that you will not find elsewhere. Take some time to visit these places and enjoy your stay in Knox County, Illinois.


(3 miles east of Galesburg on U.S. Highway 150 or Exit 51 off of I-74) For more information regarding these Knoxville historic sites or to schedule a tour, contact Knoxville City Hall at 309.289.2814 or visit their website kchistory/index.html

The Old Knox County Courthouse and Museum, Public Square

This classic structure was completed in 1839 and was first used in 1840. The second floor is home to the original courtroom and the museum housing old court records, farm machinery, clothing and other memorabilia of the time period.

Sanburn Log Cabin, Public Square

Sundays 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. May – September John Sanburn opened Knoxville’s first general store in this cabin in 1832 the year it was built. It was discovered again in 1963 and preserved as it was in the 1800s.

St. Mary’s School

The Old County Jail

2 blocks north of Main Street on Market Street This jail was built in 1845 and was used until 1873 and is distinguished by the solitary confinement cells on the first floor.

6 blocks north of Main Street on Market Street on the east side The Chapel and attached cloister are all that remain of a once flourishing school for girls that succumbed to The Depression.

Newman School

Wolf Covered Bridge

3.5 blocks north of Main Street on Market Street on the east side The Newman School was moved from its original location on Lake Bracken Road in 1976 and has been authentically restored as it existed from 1876 to its closing in 1948. It represents the 177 rural schools that served children of Knox County for many years.



Located about 8 miles east of Knoxville via County Highway 17 Built in the 1840’s and added to in 1874, the Wolf Covered Bridge was an important historic showpiece in Knox County until it was destroyed by fire in 1994. Construction on a replica bridge began in July 1998 and was completed in September 1999.

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Knox County Historical Museum

The new building for the Knox County Historical Museum was completed in 2009 and the grand opening was Sept. 27, 2009. It was designed and constructed by Knoxville native Gil Hebard and his wife Mary, who donated the building after it was finished to the City of Knoxville with the stipulation that it be used for a museum. It contains over 2,000 artifacts donated by individuals, families and businesses of the area. Native American artifacts represent the county’s first inhabitants. Uniforms, guns and other military items used by county residents represent their participation in national wars and conflicts. Churches, schools and businesses no longer in existence can be remembered through pictures, books and artifacts. Private tours of the buildings and museum may be arranged by calling 309-289-6919 or the Knoxville City Hall, 309-289-2814. There is no admission fee but donations are accepted to help maintain the building and artifacts. Open Tue-Sat 10-2 & Sun 2-4


Located 10 miles south of Galesburg on IL Highway 41 Visit the Abingdon Historical Society Museum at 109 W. Meek Street with local historical displays and information. Abingdon Community Festival occurs in mid-August every year featuring a carnival, pig scramble, animals and agricultural showings. The annual Abingdon Pottery Club Sale is in July every year. For more information and exact dates contact city hall at 309-462-3182.



Altona is a major stop on the annual More on 34 – 100 plus miles of yard sales. This event occurs Father’s Day weekend every year with flea markets, food and collectibles.

Gilson is known for its proximity to the Wolf Covered bridge located about 6 miles east of the town. It also well known for its annual haunted event. The Shadows Realm haunted house was started in 1997 at the old Gilson School, an all wooden, three-story building over 100 years old. Due to fire code restrictions, the event was moved to Galesburg's Hawthorne Centre. There are hours throughout the month of October.

Located 17 miles north east of Galesburg via U.S. Highway 34

EAST GALESBURG Located directly east of Galesburg via E. Main Street

East Galesburg is home to the former Purington Paving Brick Company which manufactured heavy, solid “paving” bricks used all over the United States. It was once the largest brick-maker in the world. Overgrown with weeds and brush, the old brickyards, located just north of milepost 51 on Interstate 74, can be still be seen today.

Located 12 miles east of Galesburg, east off of IL Highway 97


Located 16 miles east of Galesburg, north off of U.S. Highway 150 The Barn Bed & Breakfast, listed in our lodging section, is located in this charming community. The BNSF Railroad runs through this town over the Spoon River on a steel bridge built in 1908. Nearby is Oak Run, a resort community and golf course located on Spoon Lake.




This event occurs Father’s Day weekend every year with flea markets, food and collectibles.

“Only town in the world with that name.” Years ago, folks living in Maquon were able to walk to town across wooden footbridges built in 1898. The bridges are in good repair and still in use today. Maquon is also a major stop on the Knox County Scenic Drive and holds an annual homecoming the second week of August. The historic Fruit Hill School houses a museum containing historical items and Native American artifacts from the area. It is open to visitors during the Knox County Scenic Drive and by appointment. Contact Janet at 309-875-3472 for more community information.

Rio is home to the Galesburg Motorcycle Club located on U.S. Highway 150 that has many motocross and short track cycle events including the Bob Walters Memorial Short Track Race held in August every year, a AMA pro-am sanctioned race.


Located 21 miles south east of Galeburg via IL Highway 97


Located 13 miles north east of Galesburg via U.S. Highway 34 Oneida hosts a Farmer’s Market from early July through the end of September on Saturdays in their downtown district. Oneida Homecoming occurs every July with live entertainment, a 5K run, car show, parade, flea markets and lots of food. It is also a major stop on the annual More on 34 – 100 plus miles of yard sales.



Located 12 miles north of Galesburg via IL Highway 150


Located 18 miles north east of Galesburg via U.S. Highway 34 and IL Highway 167 The Galesburg & Great Eastern Railroad Station is located in Victoria. The G & GE Railroad claimed the title of the shortest railroad in the state and perhaps the world and was used to transport coal from 1898 to 1960. Nearby is also the popular 2,500 acre Snakeden Hollow, a State of Illinois Fish and Wildlife Area for fishing and hunting. landmgt/parks/R1/SNAKE.HTM


Located about 7 miles north east of Galesburg via U.S. Highway 34 Wataga is a major stop on the annual More on 34 – 100 plus miles of yard sales.

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Located 21 miles east of Galesburg via U.S. Highway 150 and north on IL Highway 180 Williamsfield, also known as “Billtown,” is home to several parks including Veterans Park located in the center of downtown. This park is home to several memorials to servicemen and women and serves as location for city festivals and meetings. This community was started at the same time the Santa Fe Railroad built their line from Galesburg to Chicago. http://www.


Located 25 miles south east of Galesburg via IL Highway 97 and IL Highway 8 Yates City sports a local legend of hidden treasure from a foiled stage coach robbery that occurred in the mid 1800s. The nearby Union Town, which is no longer in existence, is the apparent location of this buried treasure that remains undiscovered.

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Whitcomb Heritage Center brings

rich history The Whitcomb Heritage center, located on both sides of Alumni Hall’s second floor, focuses on the historical context surrounding the Lincoln-Douglas debates. By providing these snapshots into American History, it is the goal of the exhibit to inform visitors of the historical magnitude of the Lincoln-Douglas senatorial debates. Even though Lincoln would go on to lose the Illinois Election that caused the “Great Debates of 1858,” the somewhat radical ideas he pushed would lay the basis for his presidential election. The Center features analysis of the then increasingly contentious debate over slavery, at local, regional and national

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levels paired with visual representations of media and public sentiment at the time. The second half of the exhibit features insight into the Civil War and its aftermath, detailing the ramifications of the debate from the national level to historic Knox College. By juxtaposing the moral argument against slavery with challenges facing the ever-changing political and economic landscape of a nation in expansion, the exhibit showcases Lincoln’s difficulty in tackling the issue slavery. As Thomas Jefferson had said of slavery, less than 4 decades prior to the debates, “We have the wolf by the ear, and we can neither hold him, nor safely let him go. Justice is in one scale, and self-preservation in the other.”




Choosing Galesburg as a weekend getaway or change of pace can be an adventure. There are plenty of wonderful restaurants to try and diverse entertainment options. To complete the visit, you’ll find wonderful shops filled with unique and original gift ideas. Whether you arrive by car via I-74 or by train via Amtrak, you’ll find Galesburg easy to find. We are only a short 45 minute drive from both the Quad Cities and Peoria on I-74. Both metro areas have international Airports. Galesburg has an airport with Jet Air Charter service and plenty of room for private aircraft. We are about 2.5 hours from Chicago as well. With daily service to and from Chicago, Amtrak is an easy way to travel to Galesburg. Our Depot in downtown Galesburg has an Enterprise Car Rental location right next to train station. The newly renovated train station is now a transportation center with the addition of Burlington Trailways Bus service. Improvements to the building include new bathrooms and expanded seating for passengers waiting to board trains and busses. If you have a layover for a few hours, you can check your baggage with the station agent and wander the shops and restaurants of Seminary Street. If you decide to take the Illinois Zephyr, Carl Sandburg, California Zephyr or the Southwest Chief (trains that service Galesburg), you will arrive in the heart of our bustling downtown. Seminary Street Historic Shopping District is only a few steps from the train station. You’ll find information on hotels and bed and breakfasts in this guidebook. There are several options to choose within 2-3 miles from downtown. Once you have settled in and found transportation, you can plan your evening. Galesburg has an excellent selection of locally owned restaurants. Chez



Willy’s, Landmark Café, Packinghouse and Innkeepers are all excellent foodie destinations right on Seminary Street. You’ll find them in this guide. We have a nice selection from farm to table to gourmet and home cooking, too. If you want simple or elegant, Galesburg is an epicurean destination with variety. Our nightlife is diverse. On any given night of the week you can find jazz, blues, classic rock, contemporary rock, hard rock, bluegrass, classical, choral, country and a few open mic nights. Turn the page to learn a little about our local night life. The jewel of them all is the Orpheum Theatre, there is more information about this 100 year old Vaudeville palace in the guide. They have a red carpet series as well as many other shows all year long. If you like live music, Fat Fish Pub has become a legendary stop for world class blues and rock musicians. With names like Devon Allman’s Honeytribe, The Royal Southern Brotherhood, Mike Zito, Anthony Gomes, Coco Montoya, Paul Thorn and many more. Fat Fish is a local favorite and an intimate venue that bleeds the blues!

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Fat Fish also has a spirited open mic night on most Mondays and live Jazz featuring musicians from Knox College on Thursday evenings. Our newest location for night life is The Iron Spike Brew Pub. As the name suggests, they brew several premium beers. This beautiful brew pub is located in our old Central Fire Station. Many of the features of the old firehouse are incorporated into the bar. This place is one of a kind and worth a stop. Our downtown is peppered with pubs. Budde’s Pizza and Pub offers a diverse selection of music as well as one of the best pizzas you’ll ever eat. Cherry Street Restaurant and Bar has three floors of possibilities from Karaoke to rock and roll. On weekends you’ll find a DJ and dancing. Sidetrax is our sports bar with a lot of action on the many TVs as well as wonderful food. If more information is needed stop by or contact the Welcome Center at 2163 E. Main St. Visit our website at visitgalesburg. com for a comprehensive look at attractions, lodging, events, dining and history. Call us at 800-916-3330 or email us at


Fat Fish Pub

Cherry Street Restaurant & Bar


158 N. Broad Street, Galesburg 309-343-1200

57 S. Cherry Street, Galesburg 309-344-4480

441 E. Main Street, Galesburg 309-344-8193

Fat Fish provides a variety of music for you to enjoy. They regularly provide live music Wednesday, Friday & Saturday nights without a cover charge. They also host world class blues and rock throughout the year that require tickets. Check their website for upcoming shows. Their delicious menu includes appetizers, burgers and more.

Located in the heart of downtown, Cherry Street is the perfect spot for every occasion. Whether it’s beer and pizza night with the crew, a low-key dinner to end the week, a wedding rehearsal, or a quick buger while waiting for the train, we’ve got you covered! Be sure to stick around for late night fun and entertainment.

Galesburg’s busiest sports bar. Opened in April 2011, Sidetrax is locally owned and operated by brothers Matt and Brad Bernardi. Located just a mile off the Interstate 74 in beautiful downtown Galesburg, Sidetrax is a great place for family, friend or foe alike to eat, drink and socialize. They have a newly remodeled party room that is very spacious to accommodate any size gathering available by reservation only.

Mon-Thu: 3:30 pm-1am Fri: 3:30 pm-2am, Sat: Noon-2am Sun: Noon-11pm

Mon-Thu: 11am to 9pm (Bar open until 1am) Fri & Sat: 10am to 10pm Closed Sundays

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Iron Spike Brew Pub

Budde’s Pizza

215 E. Street, Galesburg 309-335-2744

150 E. Simmons St. Galesburg 309-297-4718,

425 E. Main Street, Galesburg 309-343-3502

Over 200 selections of fine wines and craft beer! We have now added premium spirits. All alcohol to-go, take 20% off the marked price. Enjoy live music Friday nights from 5-7 pm. Mon-Thu: 12:30pm to 7:30pm Fri: 12:30pm to 8:00pm Sat: 12:30pm to 5pm

Located in the heart of beautiful Galesburg, Illinois, Iron Spike Brewpub features delightful craft brews. Iron Spike prides itself on original beer, great food, and local entertainment while supporting the Galesburg community. Mon-Thu & Sun: 11am to 10pm Fri & Sat: 11am to 2am

Sun-Thu: 11am to 1am Fri & Sat: 11am to 2am

Founded in 2007. Small batch hand mixed Pizza Dough. Over 100 different Beers, specializing in American Craft Breweries. Tues-Thur: 4:30pm to 1am Sat: 4:30pm to 2am Sun: 4 pm to 1 am, Closed Mondays



LAKE STOREY RECREATIONAL AREA The 600 acres at Lake Storey Recreational Area offer year-round outdoor adventure. In the summer, rent a row boat, canoe or paddle boat to tour the lake, enjoy the waterslide, swim in the lake or relax on the beach, use the playground and picnic shelters, play a game of horseshoes at any of the 24 courts in Lincoln Park, or camp at the extensive camp­grounds. Bunker Links Golf Course is part of the Recreational Area as well as Lakeside Waterpark. There are a number of hiking trails to be used year-round. Winter adventurers can try out the snowmobile trail and warming shelter! Call 309-345-3683.




LEISURE TIME get outside and


Galesburg and Knox County has a plethora of areas for you to release some energy and play golf, fish, play tennis, skateboard and much more!

SNAKEDEN HOLLOW This 2,470 acre State Fish and Wildlife Area east of Galesburg is a great place for enjoying wildlife and offers seasonal fishing and hunting. For more information, call 309-879-2607.

SKATE PARKS Kiwanis Park

Michigan Ave., Galesburg

James Knox Park Hebard St., Knoxville

TENNIS COURTS Tennis courts are available at Lakeside Tennis Center, Galesburg High School, Knox College, West Losey Street, and Fifth & Pearl Street.


A ROUND Bunker Links

Lincoln Park, Galesburg 12-Hole Publi Course 309-344-1818

Laurel Greens Golfers Club

Route 150, Knoxville 36-Hole Public Course 309-289-4146

Oak Run Golf Club RR#1, Dahinda 18-Hole Public Course 309-289-6481

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awaits you at Discovery Depot Discovery Depot Children’s Museum is a family stop not to miss when visiting Knox County. The museum located directly across from the Amtrak train depot and nearby Historic Seminary Street offers something for all ages. Packed full of play opportunities this is a must see for the passerby! The museum has been a thriving part of Knox County attractions for 20 years now. A favorite gathering spot for local families, the Discovery Depot offers out of town visitors several hours of fun. Amongst the 26 interactive exhibits is a combine simulator, wind tube, shadow capture room and a gigantic Lite Brite.


Children are enthralled with our own mini sized Ferris Wheel and become engaged in role play in our Ferris Junction Village. We have a real Burlington Northern Caboose and train ticket window and for the avid rail fan, you can watch the trains come into the station from the museum windows. For more active play check out our Kids’ Crossing Playground and for the creative at heart, the Blick Art Studio awaits! Discovery Depot Children’s Museum offers free Wi-Fi, concessions, a unique gift shop and plenty of spots to sit and relax while the children play. Special programs are offered weekly and on the weekends. These programs offer learning, science and art and are posted on our Facebook page.


Mother Bickerdyke’s roots start in Galesburg Mary Ann “Mother” Bickerdyke was an Army Nurse during the Civil War and a lifelong advocate for veterans. She was responsible for establishing 300 field hospitals during the war and served as a lawyer assisting veterans and their families with obtaining pensions after the war. Mary lived in Galesburg at the outbreak of the Civil War. Dr. Benjamin Woodward, a surgeon with the 22nd Illinois Infantry and a friend of Bickerdyke’s, wrote home about the filthy, chaotic military hospitals at Cairo, Illinois. The letter was read aloud in their church and Galesburg’s citizens collected $500 worth of supplies and selected Bickerdyke to deliver them. Mary was described as a determined nurse who did not let anyone stand in the way of her duties. Her patients, the enlisted soldiers, referred to her as “Mother” Bickerdyke. When a surgeon questioned her authority to take some action, she replied, “On the authority of Lord God Almighty, have you anything that outranks that?” In reality, her authority came from her reputation with the Sanitary Commission and her popularity with the enlisted men. Her determination garnered the admiration of General William T. Sherman. As chief of nursing, Bickerdyke would often ignore military procedures. When General Grant’s staff complained about her behavior to General Sherman he exclaimed, “she outranks me. I can’t do a thing in the world.” This year, “Mother” Bickerdyke turns 200 years old. There will be an Ice Cream Social organized by the Galesburg Historical Society on her birthday, July 19, 2017 in Standish Park next to the Knox County Court House. For more information go to

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First 2 Full Weekends in October Celebrate the Knox County Scenic Drive’s Rich Rural Heritage

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