Middletown 4th of July celebrates Abe's 200th
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[July 03, 2009]
MIDDLETOWN -- Middletown
residents are coming together to celebrate the Fourth of July
holiday and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial. Their celebration on
Saturday will include some fun, family events celebrating the
history of Middletown.
Saturday morning the Stagecoach Inn/Dunlap House and the Knapp
Library Museum will open their doors at 10 for tours. At 10:15 a.m.
the Stagecoach Inn will dedicate the Looking for Lincoln wayside
exhibit. Following the dedication the park pavilion will have
"Ceremonies in Celebration," which will include the posting of the
colors by the Middletown Boy Scouts, the Pledge of Allegiance,
"Honoring of Heroes" and retiring of the colors. Also there will be
a dedication of the Surveyor's Rock, marking Abe Lincoln's survey of
the Samuel Musick Salt Creek Ferry Road through Middletown to New
Salem and Jacksonville: June 2, 1834. The Middletown Village Board
will also dedicate the Middletown area as an Abraham Lincoln
Following a community lunch at the American Legion
Hall, there will be two afternoon dedications. One will be for the
granite marker at the oldest brick building in Logan County, the
Knapp Library, and the other will be the dedication of the exterior
sign at the library-museum, depicting Abe reading a book. The
granite marker was made possible through a bicentennial grant from
Main Street Lincoln's Looking for Lincoln program and the Illinois
Bicentennial Commission. The exterior sign was made possible through
a grant from the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County and
a donation from an anonymous Middletown resident. Logan County
historian Paul Gleason will be at the afternoon dedication to speak
on Abraham Lincoln and the Declaration of Independence.
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The afternoon will end with entertainment at the park pavilion by
Fealty 1974, and a presentation of Abe on the 8th Judicial Circuit
given by brothers Bob and Chuck McCue.
Middletown celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2007, making the
village the oldest community in Logan County.
[Text from file received from
Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of