A new exhibition, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” opened on Friday evening, June 14, in the Savanna Museum & Cultural Center. The traveling exhibit, developed by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association, concentrates on Lincoln’s struggle to save the union and the dilemma of conflicting Constitutional interpretation regarding slavery: States’ rights versus the promise made in the Constitution that “…all men are created equal.” The exhibit, made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, will be on display through July 26.
While you’re in Savanna
Adjacent to the Mississippi River, along the Great River Road, Savanna offers an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities, like the 62-mile Great River Hike and Bike Trail that runs from downtown Savanna to the Quad Cities. Fish or launch your boat at Marquette Park, or visit the 2500 acre Mississippi Palisades State Park to hike its heavily wooded trails, camp, fish or look out over the Mississippi.
Where to eat
Cafe Crumbles is the newest restaurant in town, open for breakfast and lunch. The pancakes are huge, and the biscuits and gravy is loaded with chunks of sausage. Poopy’s Pub n’ Grub is billed as the biggest biker destination in Illinois, and you’ll sometimes see hundreds of motorcycles in the parking lot, especially on summer weekends. Poopy’s is known for hamburgers, but the salads are great, too.
Where to stay
You will have plenty of room to relax in the spacious motel rooms at the Seven Eagles RV Resort and Campground. The rooms include a kitchenette with a fridge, microwave and sink, a fireplace and a Jacuzzi tub. The pine walls and country décor add a welcoming touch. A footpath at the back of the resort leads to the Great River Hike and Bike Trail and a Mississippi River overlook. If a bed-and-breakfast is more to your liking, one option is Granny O’Neil’s River Inn, where you’ll wake up to a breakfast feast prepared by locally popular Chef Bill Lease.
Savanna is about a two-and-a-half hour drive west of Chicago at U.S. Route 52 and Illinois Route 84. For more information on things to do in Savanna, visit the Savanna tourism web site.
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