Historic site opens exhibit of weird antiques
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October 29, 2012 12:00 PM | 621 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
METAMORA, Ill. (AP) — A display of weird and creepy antiques is on display at the Metamora Courthouse Historic Site, just in time for Halloween.

The "Strange, Weird and Unusual Antiques" exhibit includes a metal instrument used to open veins for bloodletting. Another item is a tooth key, which was used to pull bad teeth.

The exhibit also presents artifacts from the nation’s tragic history of slavery. Visitors can see slave shackles and a slaver’s whip woven from wood.

On Halloween, children in costumes can take a tour with their parents and get free candy and snacks. The Halloween event is from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

"Strange, Weird and Unusual Antiques" runs through Nov. 8 at the courthouse. It’s one of two surviving courthouses on the historic Eighth Judicial Circuit traveled by Abraham Lincoln.

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