Knox College

Virtual Tour

Old Main


Perhaps you've heard the name "Abraham Lincoln" a time or two in school? Even so, you might not have heard about his connection to Knox College.

Knox's "Old Main," the academic heart of campus, was the setting of the historic 1858 debate between Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas. Because the founders of Knox and Galesburg were profoundly anti-slavery, the debate at Knox presented a fitting time and place for Lincoln to make an issue of the morality of Douglas's position on slavery. And since Old Main is the last standing site of a famed Lincoln-Douglas debate, it's a National Historic Landmark -- but you won't see any velvet ropes here. Instead, Old Main is a place where you can sit in the legendary "Lincoln chair," take lively courses in history, philosophy, English literature, creative writing, and other humanities, or sit down with the dean to talk about your goals.