PRINCETON — Coinciding with the Illinois Bicentennial in 2018, Doors Open Illinois will see iconic historical sites and architectural treasures throughout the state open their doors to the public during four consecutive weekends in August. It’s a chance for visitors to get a special glimpse of Illinois’ history and heritage.
The Lovejoy Homestead in Princeton was selected by the Illinois Office of Tourism as a featured venue for this program.
The state was divided into four regions, and each region will be showcased a different weekend in August. Attractions throughout the region will open their doors for free admission during their designated days. Bureau County is included in the Western Illinois: Great Rivers Country.
As a participant in Illinois Doors Open, the Lovejoy Homestead will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19.
The Lovejoy Homestead is an 1838 Greek Revival farmhouse and a former station on the Underground Railroad. Visitors are able to view the area where runaway slaves were hidden. For its importance in our nation’s history, the Lovejoy Homestead was awarded National Historic Landmark status in 1997. Also located on the grounds is a restored one-room schoolhouse that is open for tours.
For more information, visit the Illinois’ Bicentennial website, enjoyillinois.com.