The Annual Homestead Festival Honors Reverend Owen Lovejoy and His Contributions to Our Nation’s History. Lovejoy Was Prominent in the Abolition Movement and the Underground Railroad, a Founder of the Illinois and National Republican Party, and a Congressional Leader. Today His Home Is Open to the Public as a Museum. The United States Secretary of the Interior Declared the Property a National Historic Landmark in 1997, and It Is Also on the National Register of Historic Places. The Following Is a Biography of Owen Lovejoy, and a Brief History of His Home and the Homestead Festival.

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