For the second regional trip of the summer, OLLI members ventured to the charming town of Princeton, IL for the annual Festival 56. We were welcomed at the Princeton visitors' Center with baked goods--dangerous cinnamon rolls--coffee, and juice to kick-start our day!
The first stop of the day was The Lovejoy Homestead, an essential stop on the Underground Railroad. The tour of the historic home included an inside look at the various rooms and nooks of the home, in which those freeing from the South would stay during their trip North. Each room was filled with stories from the past, and our wonderful guides allowed us to experience the Lovejoys' generosity. The tour included a special look at the school-house where so many were educated on their way North. Following our visit to the most important stop in Illinois on the Underground Railroad, we received a wonderful tour of historic Princeton.
Our lovely guide walked us through the history of the town, and explained the architecture that has become so characteristic of Princeton. The tour included a stop at one of only two covered-bridges left in Princeton. The charming red-covered bridge overlooked a scenic park and river, providing the perfect photo opportunity.
Following our tour, it was time for a deliciously-catered meal by Princeton Favorite: Kramer's.
The highlight of the trip for many was the Putnam County Spelling Bee, put on by Princeton's Historic Grace Theater. As a part of Festival 56, each summer a cast of incredibly talented actors from across the country to perform for the duration of the festival. A few OLLI members even had the opportunity to shine on stage.
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