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Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau
Abraham Lincoln Sites & Attractions
Lincoln Home National
Historic Site:
Purchased in 1844 as a one-and-a-
half story cottage, this lovingly-preserved residence grew
along with the Lincoln family to the two-story structure
it is today. View actual Lincoln family furnishings and
period artifacts in an authentically reproduced setting
that depicts the family’s home life during Lincoln’s time
in Springfield.
New Salem:
Travel about 20 miles northwest of
Springfield and you’ll go back over a century in time
as you walk the streets, visit the shops and meet the
townspeople of New Salem, the village where Abraham
Lincoln lived and worked as a young man. See where he
split rails, clerked in a store and served as postmaster.
Along the way, you’ll gather a deeper appreciation of rural
lifestyles long ago.
Lincoln’s Tomb:
Within the walls of this granite
monument lie the final resting places of Abraham
Lincoln, his wife Mary, and three of their four sons.
The number of visitors this landmark attracts to Oak
Ridge Cemetery each year is surpassed only by Arlington
National Cemetery. It’s a tradition to rub the nose of
Lincoln’s bronze visage for luck.
Old State Capitol:
“A house divided against
itself cannot stand.” These words, chosen by Lincoln
to represent the peril of the time in a way that all could
understand, were spoken beneath the spreading dome of
the Old State Capitol in Springfield. The words launched
Lincoln’s inaugural (and initially unsuccessful) drive
for the U.S. Senate and set the stage for his landmark
debates with Stephen Douglas. Years later, Lincoln’s body
lay in state in that same chamber as 75,000 mourners
filed by to pay respects. More recently, President Obama
used the Old State Capitol as the backdrop for several
historically significant speeches.
Stroll the paths and byways of Springfield,
Illinois, and you will walk in the footsteps of
Visiting our city, it is easy to find
the many proudly preserved sites where
Lincoln lived, worked, and even made history.
Come see, ponder, experience and explore.
Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices:
In the sparse and reportedly sometimes disordered
chambers of The Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices, Lincoln
launched a career in the legal profession. Lincoln
practiced law in these quarters from 1843 to about
1852. Restored to resemble its bustling prime, the
building now is composed of a first floor visitor center,
second floor federal court rooms, and a third floor
common room and attorney offices. Be sure to take in the
20-minute audio-visual presentation and guided tour of
the legal offices.
Elijah Iles House:
Learn about early Springfield,
or host your own soirée, at the home of city founder,
Elijah Iles. Standing as the oldest surviving home in
Springfield, the house was home to the man who was
Springfield’s first merchant and a friend and supporter of
Abraham Lincoln. Iles served with Lincoln in the Black-
hawk War of 1832, and he helped Lincoln secure the
state capitol’s move from Vandalia to Springfield.
Edwards Place:
Cozy up where the Lincolns did
at the oldest house in Springfield remaining on its origi-
nal foundation. Built in 1833, the home was the hub of
social and political life in mid-19th century Springfield.
Prominent citizens such as Abraham Lincoln and Ste-
phen Douglas were entertained at lavish dinner parties
and legislative receptions.
Lincoln Ledger:
Walk into the Bank at 6th and
Washington Streets to view the original Lincoln family ac-
count ledger. Lincoln held the family deposits here with
the Marine and Fire Insurance Company from the time he
opened his account with $310 on March 1, 1853, until
his death on April 15, 1865.
Lincoln Family Pew:
For 10 years, the Lincoln
family rented a pew at the First Presbyterian Church in
Springfield. Lit by seven heavenly Tiffany windows, the
Lincoln Family Pew still speaks of the reverence held by
a nation’s First Family.
Lincoln Depot:
Stepping on the rear platform of a
train departing from the Lincoln Depot, Lincoln gave his
eloquent Farewell Address as he left Springfield to meet
the uncertain challenges of his American Presidency.
Just two blocks distant from the Lincoln Home, the place
still carries the imprint of an uncommon common man
heading off to meet his destiny. Lincoln never returned
until his funeral train bore him back through this same
terminal. An associate remembered, “Others have gone
forth to power and fame with gladness and with song. He
went forth prayerfully as to a sacrifice.”
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