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Visitor Hours Announced for Bryant Cottage State Historic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACTS:
Matthew Mittelstaedt
217-345-1845
Visitor Hours Announced for Bryant Cottage State Historic
BEMENT, Ill. – The Bryant Cottage State Historic Site in Bement will be open to the public each Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. beginning Aug. 1, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced today.
 
The Bryant Cottage, located at 146 E. Wilson in Bement, is an important part of Illinois’ Lincoln Heritage. Constructed in 1856 by Francis E. Bryant, a friend and political ally of Illinois U.S. Sen. Stephen A. Douglas, the cottage was the scene of a meeting between Douglas and Abraham Lincoln July 29, 1858, where they discussed the details for their upcoming series of U.S. Senate campaign debates across the state. The Lincoln-Douglas Debates won national acclaim for Lincoln, who was elected President of the United States two years later.
 
The picturesque one-story, four-room wood frame cottage has been restored and is interpreted as an example of middle-class life in mid-nineteenth-century Illinois. The Bryant Cottage State Historic Site is also a part of the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area which covers 43 counties in central Illinois.
 
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