There are so many things to see and do in Springfield, Illinois. While you’re in town for the Illinois Family History Expo on August 3 and 4, you should plan to visit some Abraham Lincoln sites.
- Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
212 N. 6th St., 217-558-8844, alplm.org
The museum features interactive exhibits exploring Lincoln's life prior to and during his presidency. A listing of current exhibits can be found on the ALPM website.
- Lincoln Home National Historic Site
413 S. 8th St., 217-391-3221, www.nps.gov/liho/planyourvisit/index.htm
The Lincoln family lived in the home from 1844 to 1861. A four-block area around the home has been restored to its 19th century style. Tour tickets are available at the Lincoln Home Visitor Center located a short walk from the home at 426 S. 7th St.
- Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices
6th & Adams, 217-785-7289, www.illinoishistory.gov/hs/lincoln_herndon.htm
Lincoln and William Herndon worked together in this office from 1844 to 1852.
- Great Western Railroad Depot
930 E. Monroe, 217-544-8695, www.nps.gov/liho/great-western-depot.htm
On February 11, 1861, Lincoln delivered his "Farewell Address" here before departing for Washington DC.
- Lincoln Tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery
1441 Monument, 217-782-2717, illinoishistory.gov/hs/lincoln_tomb.htm
Lincoln, his wife, and three sons rest within the walls of this massive tomb. Outside the tomb, be sure to rub Lincoln's bronze nose for good luck.
- Elijah Iles House
628 S. 7th St., 217-492-5929, www.iles-house.blogspot.com
An original site with ties to Lincoln, the home even includes Lincoln-related items. Elijah Iles was the founder of Springfield and served as a captain in the Black Hawk War (Lincoln served under him).
- Old State Capitol
1 Old Capitol Plaza, 217-785-9363, www.state.il.us/hpa/hs/old_capitol.htm
This was the seat of Illinois state government until the current Capitol building opened in 1877. Lincoln's casket lay in state here after his body made the long journey back to Springfield.
- First Presbyterian Church
321 S. 7th St., 217-528-4311, lincolnschurch.org/html/Tours.html
On display is the family pew that the Lincoln's rented when they attended service at the church's original location at Third and Washington. Funeral services for Mrs. Lincoln were held at the church's current location.