Bryant Cottage State Historic Site Hours
March - October
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday - Sunday
November - February
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Thursday - Sunday
Hours Subject to Change
146 East Wilson
Bement, Illinois 61813
The Bryant Cottage State Historic Site in Bement is part of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and is known as the location that Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln met to discuss the famous 1858 Lincoln-Douglas Debates. Visitors can get a glimpse of what life was like when Abraham Lincoln visited the cottage.
The home was built by Francis E. Bryant, a Bement entrepreneur and friend of Stephen Douglas, in 1856. Marilyn Ayers,Manager of the Historic Site, has been giving tours, hosting events and educating visitors since July 1985.
In 2008, the site was privileged to acquire three Looking for Lincoln wayside exhibits. This is the only location in the state to have three exhibits in one location. For more information regarding Looking for Lincoln, go to their website at www.lookingforlincoln.com.
Also in 2008, the Bryant Cottage State Historic Site was honored to be the site of the opening ceremony to celebrate the 150 Year Anniversary of the Douglas-Lincoln Debates.
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