The Writer's Road Trip Series is brought to you by the Blogging from A-to-Z April Challenge. This month I'm blogging daily about ideal places for an afternoon, weekend or longer stay to focus on your writing. Need a retreat to finish that manuscript? Or maybe a virtual trip to inspire a scene? Take a minute, read, imagine. And thanks for stopping by!
The city's most famous claim is that it hosted the sixth senatorial debate between U.S. Senator Stephen A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln in 1858. It drew a huge crowd - 12,000 people! Since Quincy was right across the Mississippi from pro-slavery Missouri, the city drew its share of controversy and tension. Dr. Richard Eells, a staunch abolitionist, sheltered runaway slaves in his home who were on their way to Chicago. His home was recently restored, and is now open to visitors in the downtown historic district who might be traveling along the 550-mile long Great River Road on Illinois' western border.