Stephenson county is located in northwestern Illinois on the Wisconsin state line between Jo Daviess County
to the west and Winnebago County
to the east.
The county was created in 1837 and is named for Benjamin Stephenson, a Colonel in the War of 1812 against the British.
The second of the Abraham Lincoln-Stephen A. Douglas debates was held in the county seat of Freeport in 1858.
Freeport showcases the Art Center which boasts six galleries representing Asian, European, Native American and Oceanic cultures as well as ancient and contemporary art. Recreational opportunities are centered around Richland Creek as well as the Pecatonica River and Prairie Path.
The county population on July 1, 1999, was 48,778, an increase of 26 over the 1990 census.
For information on county government, contact the National Association of Counties Web site.
Additional information is available at these pages:
Other Illinois Counties nearby:
(Belvidere) Boone County
(Mt. Carroll) Carroll County
(elizabtt) Hardin County
(Galena) Jo Daviess County
(Dixon) Lee County
(Oregon) Ogle County
12/16 Coming to The Freeport area
Dairy State Cheese and Beer Festival Kenosha WI April20 This fun-filled event includes cheese from around the state of Wisconsin, some of the area’s finest beers and live music.
North Shore Unitarian Church Art Fair Deerfield IL April27-28 NSUC's annual ART FAIR is a juried show featuring the original works of 65+ talented artists and artisans. The fine art and fine crafts exhibited include photography, painting, ceramics, glass, paper, woodwork, metalwork, jewelry, sculpture, fiber, clothing and mixed media. Exhibiting artists come from Illinois as well as from several surrounding states.
Dutch Days Festival Fulton IL May3-4 Arts and Crafts Vendors; Food and Concession Stands; Windmill Tours; Dutch Dancing and Costumes; Antique Tractor Display; Dutch Treasures Display; Heritage Canyon w/Early American Crafters; Hindeloopen Painting Demo and Sales; Stippling Display and Parade.
Montello's Fish-n-Fun Montello WI May3-5 Fly over the city in a helicopter, paddle down the Fox River like Marquette and Joliet in a guided canoe, munch on cotton candy between thrilling carnival rides, send the kids fishing with the pros on Montello Lake.
Chocolate Fest Long Grove IL May3-5 Dive into three days of nothing but CHOCOLATE! Mmm, chocolate strawberries, donuts, and much more! Every spring, the Village of Long Grove celebrates the existence of the world's best tasting antioxidant.
Lilac Time Art and Craft Fair Lombard IL May5 The Lilac Time Art and Craft Fair is held annually on St. Charles Road between Main and Elizabeth in downtown Lombard. All of the proceeds received from the craft booth rentals are donated to local charities. Features 140 craft exhibitors and 4000 attendees throughout the day.