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Take the Amtrak train to Princeton and stay for a day or a weekend! The historical preservation of Princeton is all around the city limits with two covered bridges and museums. Princeton was recently ranked as the #3 most charming small town in Illinois by PureWow.

Amtrak Train Station

The Amtrak train makes several stops at Princeton’s faithfully restored depot throughout the day and is a designated stop on the Carl Sandberg train. 

Hornbaker Gardens

Hornbaker Gardens is located a few miles outside of Princeton, Illinois, and is a destination garden center attracting plant enthusiasts from across the Midwest. Open April 10 to October 10 each year.

Barn Quilts of Bureau County

The mission of the Barn Quilts of Bureau County is to highlight local agricultural history and showcase landmark barns in the area. 

Flags of Freedom

The “Flags of Freedom” stand in tribute to the men and women who have served, are currently serving or will serve our country in the future. The four flags can be seen at Exit 56 on Interstate 80. 

Lovejoy Homestead

The Owen Lovejoy House is a historic house museum on East Peru Street in Princeton, Illinois. Built in 1838, it was for many years home to Owen Lovejoy, a prominent abolitionist and congressman.

Bureau County Historical Society

The Bureau County Historical Society operates two museum buildings and a research library with a variety of resources on Bureau County’s history!

Covered Bridges

Princeton has not one, but two, historic covered bridges. Visit the Red Covered Bridge and Captain Swift Bridge just a few miles apart from each other at Big Bureau Creek. 

Farmer’s Market

At the Farmer’s Market, vendors strive to improve the access to local, healthy and affordable food through a direct farm-to-consumer venue.

Walk of Fame

The Star and Plaque program began in 2018 when the Rediscover Richard Widmark group asked the city if they could honor the Princetonian with a star and plaque placed in the sidewalk in front of the Apollo Theater. Each year a new start and plaque are added. In 2024, we started accepting nominations from the public for future honorees.

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Princeton, Illinois 61356


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