Come celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday with us from 1:00-4:00! Both children and adults will enjoy learning fun facts about our Nation’s 16th President. For our younger visitors (and those who are young at heart) we will have stories, crafts and games. You can even try a piece of Mr. Lincoln’s favorite cake to help celebrate in his 211 birthday!

About Bryant Cottage State Historic Site:

Bryant Cottage State Historic Site preserves and interprets the home of businessman and politician, Francis Bryant, his wife Sarah, and their children. Built in 1856, this Bement, IL cottage is furnished with period appropriate furniture, including pieces owned by the Bryant family. The house museum helps demonstrate what life was like during the settling of this region of Illinois. It focuses on the middle-class life of the Bryant's in the mid-to-late nineteenth century.

The cottage is also important for the role that it played in the Illinois Senate Race of 1858, when Abraham Lincoln challenged Stephen A. Douglas's senate seat. On July 29, 1858, Douglas and Lincoln met in the Bryant's parlor and negotiated the seven joint discussions that would famously become known as the Lincoln-Douglas Debates. These debates drew national interest and helped shape political ideas of the time. They also introduced Lincoln to a national audience, which helped launch his presidential candidacy two years later. 

Bryant Cottage strives to connect visitors and the surrounding community to the important history of the site. Bryant Cottage puts on school programs, presentations to groups, host field trips, and special events throughout the year.

Bryant Cottage was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in September 2017 for its preservation of a hall-and-parlor style home and the historical meeting between Lincoln and Douglas.


  • Occurred Saturday, February 15th, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Bryant Cottage State Historic Site

146 E. Wilson
Bement, IL 61813


Bryant Cottage State Historic Site