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Historic Shabbona Park

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4165 E. 16th Road
Earlville, IL 60518
Park History Rachel and Sylvia Hall had a tale to tell their grandchildren! It began with how their family was slaughtered and scalped by Indians in May 1832, and ended with how the teen sisters were released from captivity by the Indians a week later. The Indian Creek Massacre claimed the lives of 16 men, women & children. Rachel and her husband eventually moved back to what is now Shabbona Park, where they erected a monument over the graves of the slain families. Shabbona was the Potawatomi chief whose warning the Indian Creek settlers ignored. He is buried near Morris. The Indian Creek raid drove settlers to Fort Johnston where they met a fellow from New Salem named Abraham Lincoln, who arrived in late May to join the militia to fight in the Black Hawk War.

Shabbona Park features historic artifacts, picnic shelters, a fishing pond, picnic tables, grills, restrooms and outdoor recreation areas.

The park is open May 1 through October 31, 9:00am- 7:00pm daily.


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