Friday, July 20, 2012

Illinois Family History Expo – Visit Lincoln Sites in Springfield


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.
  • 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.
For more information about other sites and attractions in Springfield, visit the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau website.

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