Knoxville

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Sunday
October 5 th
10:30 - 11:15 am

Knoxville Hardware
320 E Main Street Back Lot


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2013 First Place Winner
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Taken By Rachel Purdy
Galesburg, IL

 

Contact
Information For:
Knoxville Scenic Drive
Debbie Worden
607 E. Main St.
Knoxville, IL 61448
(309)337-9017
Email: knoxvillescenicdrive
@yahoo.com

knoxvillestop@gmail.com

 




History Buffs Will Want To Stop In Knoxville

Abraham Lincoln slept here and Stephen A. Douglas held court here. See where the laws were made and what we did with those who broke them. Demonstrations of antique arts, blended with the smells of the local cuisine and sights of the huge shopping fair make this a must-see stop on the Drive.

 
#1 Old Knox County Courthouse
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The Old Knox County Courthouse was built in 1839 and used until the county seat was moved to Galesburg in 1873. Upstairs is a display of farm equipment including a Brown Corn Planter manufactured in Galesburg, a desk used byStephen Douglas when he held court in Knoxville and photographs and information about the courthouse. Downstairs you'll find the largest museum collection of Abingdon pottery in the United States.

#2 Hall Of Records is right next door.

#3 Old Jail
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You'll want to photograph your friends and family behind the bars of the cramped solitary confinement cells, or in the drunk tank in the Old Knox County Jail, the site of the only (legal) hanging in Knox County. Kept just like it was in 1845, those who broke the law definitely were not pampered back then.



#4 Sanburn Log Cabin
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Knoxville's first general store is still around, the Sanburn Log Cabin, built in 1832. Just imagine having to do all of your shopping in this one tiny store.

 

 


#9 Demonstrators
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Don't leave the kids at home for the first two full weekends in October! Knoxville has plenty for kids see and do. Local high school art club students' face painting; arts and crafts will keep the kids busy. Pony rides for children and a petting zoo for kids of all ages will be available.


#11 Central Park
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Musical Entertainment will be available for visitors.

1st Weekend:

Saturday: Christian/Morgan 331/3 Shades of Groove

Sunday: Mike Porter and The Panther Creek Band

2nd Weekend:

Saturday: Jera and The Absolutes

Sunday: Stephanie Foster

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If shopping is your thing, vendors will display their wares - a diverse mix of crafts, antiques and collectibles. We must warn you, though, forget the diet, as local civic groups will tempt you with their homemade cooking. Sandwiches, snacks and desserts can be eaten on the go. If you insist on something light, dine on stone soup at the century old Presbyterian Church on Saturdays. For a "sit down" meal, have a pancake breakfast at the 150-year-old Masonic Lodge or homemade chili and potato soup prepared by our local volunteer firefighters at the Fire Station may be just the thing. This year, the Presbyterian Church will have a quilt show both Saturdays. Raffle tickets will be sold for a handmade quilt.




#12 World War II Cannons

As you wander around our friendly town, you're sure to feel very safe, as Knoxville is stoutly defended by two authentic World War II Howitzers. No invasions from Galesburg guaranteed. Enjoy your stay!


#13 Knox County Museum
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The Knox County Historical Museum was moved into its new building in 2009. It was built by Knoxville native Gil Hebard who donated the building to the City of Knoxville with the stipulation that it be used for a museum. Inside you will find historical artifacts including a buggy that Lincoln used on Oct. 22, 1858, when traveling from Plymouth to Carthage during his campaign for the U. S. Senate.

 

#8 Vendor Parking

Link to Visit: Knox County Historical Site
 
James Knox Park
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A few blocks north of downtown, in James Knox Park, step back in time and visit a completely restored one-room schoolhouse, maintained by the Knox County Retired Teachers' Association. Chances are you'll meet a school marm who actually taught in one of the many one-room schools that once dotted our countryside.


# 5 Newman School
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A few blocks north, in James Knox Park, step back in time and visit a completely restored one-room schoolhouse, maintained by the Knox County Retired Teachers' Association. Chances are you'll meet a school marm who actually taught in one of the many one-room schools that once dotted our countryside.

# 6 St. Mary's Chapel
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Just north of the park is St. Mary's Chapel, completed in 1888 as part of St. Mary's School for girls. The stone chapel features 12 exquisite stained glass windows, some of European origin and some from the finest American Studios, including Tiffany. That little white round building just west of the park, now a private home, was just what it looks like, an observatory for the girls at the school.

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New In 2012

Scenic Drive 5K Run/Walk

October 12th
Saturday at 9:00 am


Starting at the New
Knoxville High School Track
 
Registration begins at 8 am

Cost:
$15 with t-shirt
$10 without t-shirt

6 different age groups for both men and women

Click here for Entry Form

Sponsored by Knoxville High School FCCLA and Student Council