Bryant Cottage State Historic Site
Bryant Cottage was built in 1856 by Francis E. Bryant (1818-1889), a friend and political ally of Senator Stephen A. Douglas. According to Bryant family tradition, on the evening of July 29, 1858, Douglas and Abraham Lincoln conferred in the parlor of this house to plan the famous Lincoln-Douglas Debates. The picturesque one-story, four-room wood frame cottage has been "restored" and is interpreted as an example of a middle-class life in mid-nineteenth-century Illinois. The furniture on display is of the Renaissance Revival style, appropriate for a small-town family of the mid-nineteenth century.
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Accessibility and hours
March-May, Th-Su 9-5 pm
June-Labor Day in September, We-Su 9-5 pm
Post Labor Day in September-October, Th-Su 9-5 pm
November-February, Th-Su 9-4 pm
The cottage is accessible to persons with disabilities. The site hosts portions of a variety of locally sponsored events throughout the year.
For more information on Bryant Cottage visit: www.bement.com/bryant.htm
Bryant Cottage is located at 146 E. Wilson Ave., Bement, IL.
Archived in November, 2011
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