Lincoln building under renovation

From 1860 to 2019 the H.I. Lincoln Building, now the Lincoln Highway Interpretive Center, has been a major feature of Franklin Grove’s business district.

New Direction for Historic Building 

FRANKLIN GROVE — The Historic H.I. Lincoln Building in Franklin Grove is starting a new lease on life. Originally built in 1860 as a dry goods store by a cousin of Abraham Lincoln, the building served many uses over the next 135 years. 

Very seriously deteriorated by 1995, a group of community minded historians began a five year restoration project. When the building reached a usable state in the year 2000 a relationship with the Lincoln Highway Association, that continues to this day, began. 

Upon re-opening when renovations are complete the building will be known as the Lincoln Highway Interpretive Center. New management for both the interpretive center/souvenir sales and the ongoing music shows will be named before re-opening at a date to be determined. 

Souvenir selection will be upgraded and significantly expanded in Lincoln Highway items plus a wide selection from other area tourism attractions. 

Progress can be monitored on Facebook by going to H.I. Lincoln Building. 



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