For a small town, we have a proud history! Oregon is honored to have contributed extensively to the local, state, and national narrative. Through our historic sites, notable people, and ongoing activities, this story is worth exploring. Come discover the sites and people that help bring important history to life!

Blackhawk Statue

1411 N. River Road, Oregon, IL

Since the late 19th century, the beauty of the Rock River Valley drew artists, industrialists, and politicians to Oregon, IL. Most notable was Lorado Taft. He and his friends established the Eagles Nest Art Colony…

Chana School Museum Foundation

201 N. River Rd. Oregon, IL. 61061

Chana School is a Registered Historic Place in the Ogle County, Illinois, in the county seat of Oregon, Illinois. One of six Oregon sites listed on the Register, the school is an oddly shaped, two-room…

Conover Square

201 N. Second Street, Oregon, IL

This 125-year old piano factory has been converted into a 50,000 sq. ft. walkable┬áindoor mall full of specialty shops, eateries, and novel attractions. It is home to many of the antique and resale shops in…

John Deere Historic Site

8334 S. Clinton St., Grand Detour, Dixon, IL 61021

The company John Deere founded has a presence around the world, but it all started just a few minutes south of Oregon in Grand Detour, Illinois. When you step foot on the grounds, it will…

Oregon Depot Museum

401 Collins St. Oregon, Illinois 61061

At 5 o’clock in the morning of Saturday, November 10, 1893, the fire broke out. Despite efforts to save her, the first train depot to serve the people of Oregon, Illinois, burned to the ground….

Oregon Public Library

300 Jefferson Street, Oregon, IL

Mission Statement It is the mission of the Oregon Public Library to provide appropriate resources in support of the information and recreational needs of area residents, and thereby be a center for community enrichment and…

Patchwork Inn

122 North 3rd Street, Oregon, Illinois 61061

This 1840s inn has been completely renovated. Nine guestrooms feature restored and functional antiques, comfortable beds, and private bathrooms.

Stronghold Camp & Retreat Center

1922 Illinois Route 2 North, Oregon IL 61061

Stronghold is a beautiful 360 acre property across from the boat launch, about a mile North of town. Home to The Strong Castle, extensive trails, a 9-hole Frisbee Golf course and Hammock City. To stay…