Franklin Creek State Natural Area is located in Lee County, northwest of the village of Franklin Grove and east of Dixon just north of IL Rt. 38. Beautiful Franklin Creek flows throughout the 882-acre park. Several large natural springs, hardwood forests, bedrock outcroppings and a large variety of flora and fauna comprise a pristine ecosystem.
The year 1922 saw the opening of the new Dixon Theatre, which was thought to be one of the Midwest most beautiful “show houses.” Visitors may now again enjoy the results of the extensive restoration, done through the efforts of volunteers and with community support. This historic site has become a showcase for the performing arts and is also available for rental.
Chaplin Creek Village is an evolving, full-scale historical restoration project depicting a prairie settlement typical of the middle 19th century. Several historically significant buildings and artifacts have been relocated from the surrounding area. Home of the Franklin Grove Area Historical Society, the Chaplin Creek Drafters, the Chaplin Creek Muzzleloaders and the Illinois Atlatl Association.
A plaque denoting original site of the first Carson Pirie Scott Store is displayed on exterior of a storefront at 55 S. East Avenue in Amboy. The Carson Pirie Scott chain originated in 1854 and the first store called Carson & Pirie opened in Amboy in 1855.
The John Husar Memorial Trail was created in memory of John Husar who was known to many through his poignant and passionate outdoor sports writing for the Chicago Tribune. He believed that everyone should have access to wilderness, soaking in the wonders of the natural world and experiencing its simplicity and mystery.