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.
By 1995, when the building had very seriously deteriorated, a group of community minded historians stepped in and began a five-year restoration project. After the building reached a usable state in the year 2000, a relationship with the Lincoln Highway Association began, which continues to this day.
While the building is currently closed for work on several projects - installation of new windows, interior cleaning and repainting, a new boardwalk, and many other upgrades - the refurbishments will work around a Nov. 23 two-show concert date by internationally renowned musical duo Marty McCormick and Brian Fitzgerald, known as SWITCHBACK.
When renovations are complete and the building re-opens, it 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 the re-opening at a date yet to be determined. The Center’s souvenir selection will be upgraded and significantly expanded with 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.