3 Historic Heartland sites you’ll find off the beaten path

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From Lincoln to Logan, and milling to mysteries, the Heartland is full of historic places waiting for you to discover.

Heartland Weekend put together a list of three places you'll find off the beaten path.

thebes historical courthouse

Thebes Historical Courthouse

If walls could talk! That’s what we’re saying about the Thebes Historical Courthouse. Not only did John A. Logan practice law here, but Abe Lincoln also frequently visited. Downstairs, you’ll find dungeon-like cells. Legend has it, Dred Scott was even housed inside.

BONUS

Head to Thebes this Heartland Weekend for a special Illinois Bicentennial celebration at the historic courthouse. You can step inside for free, during the Doors Open Event, an opportunity for folks to get a glimpse of Illinois heritage. The courthouse will have extended hours on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bollinger Mill State Historic Site

Slow down and travel back to Missouri’s simpler days. At the Bollinger Mill State Historic Site you can learn how wheat and corn were ground into flour and meal in the massive four-story mill that dates to the Civil War era. Or take a stroll through the Burfordville Covered Bridge. It’s one of just four covered bridges remaining in Missouri.

stone fort nature trail

Stone Fort Nature Trail

This nature tail in Giant City State Park will take you back about 1,000 years to when Native Americans called the area home. Here you’ll find a “stone fort” thought to have been built in the Late Woodland Period, probably between A.D. 600 to 800. While its use remains a mystery, we do know it’s one of 10 left in southern Illinois.