Northwest Territory Historic Center

Northwest Territory Historic Center

The Northwest Territory Historic Center, now a Smithsonian affiliate museum, was built in 1908 as Dixon’s South Central School.   Visit the Native American-Black Hawk War exhibit, early American farming exhibit, Ronald Reagan museum exhibit and learn more about local history.  The Center includes a museum store and art gallery on the first floor, a restored classroom where Ronald Reagan attended 6th grade, an auditorium with surround-sound theater and Veterans History Project regional center. read more

Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home

Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home and Visitors Center

This house was the Reagan’s first home when they moved to Dixon. The home has been restored to its 1920 condition and is the core of a small complex including a visitors’ center, gift shop, and park with a statue of the former president. read more

Photo of the Lowell Parkway Trail

Dixon Park District

The Dixon Park District is host to some great historic places such as Lowell Park where Ronald Reagan worked as a lifeguard during his summers in Dixon. See more on their site. read more

Woodcote in Dixon


Woodcote is a six-bedroom cottage in Lowell Park, located in Dixon, Illinois. The kitchen is fully stocked with dishes, flatware, drink-ware, pots and pans, utensils, two refrigerators/freezers, stove/oven, microwave, coffee maker, toaster. There are two full baths with showers and a half-bath on the first level. There are two working fireplaces supplied with firewood. There is a Great Room that includes a stone fireplace, four banquet tables and accompanying chairs. Outside, there is a campfire site and a grill. read more