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Washington Park

4th to 5th St., Maine to Hampshire St., Quincy, IL 62301


Located in Quincy's downtown "District", Washington Park was the site of the sixth Lincoln-Douglas debate in 1858 and is now the hub of farmers markets, free blues, local festivals, and boutique shopping & dining.

Washington Park is the city's original central square laid out by Quincy's founder, John Wood, in 1825. The square was formerly called John's Square, named in honor of President John Quincy Adams. In 1858, Washington Park was the site of the sixth Lincoln-Douglas debate. Laredo Taft's sculpture now marks the setting of the debate site. Today, a farmer's market is held in the park every Saturday morning from 7am-noon, May to October, and is home to free Blues in the District concerts the 2nd & 4th Friday, June-August.

What's happening nearby...

Midsummer Arts Faire

Washington Park •  Jun 21 – Jun 23 @ 12AM

Midsummer Arts Faire (formerly Q-FEST) is an annual community celebration of the visual, musical and culinary arts in Quincy, IL. Amazing art and fun activities for…

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Summer Flavor Tours

The Pour Haus •  Jun 01 – Aug 31

Flavor Tours incorporate, history, art and of course food! The weekend walking tours are held every Saturday in the summer, rain or shine. …

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Great River Eagle Days

Oakley LIndsay Civic Center •  Jan 25 – Jan 26 @ 10AM

The event honors Native American traditions surrounding bald eagles, with a variety of sacred ceremonies and entertainment. Native American food and crafts and educational activities…

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