Lincoln Home National Historic Site

413 S 8th St Springfield

How to Spend 36 Hours in Springfield Illinois/Lincoln Home National Historic Site
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Lincoln Home National Historic Site

If you’re a fan of Abraham Lincoln then you'll appreciate visiting Springfield where you have the opportunity to walk in his footsteps. Even though Lincoln was born in Kentucky, he lived most of his life in Illinois. Much of that time was spent in Springfield when from 1843 to about 1852, he practiced law in the city. As a result, the only home Lincoln ever purchased is in Illinois’ state capitol. The home is located at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site. Amazingly, about 80 percent of the home is original.

The Home

Lincoln’s 12-room, two-story home was built in 1839 and inspired by Greek Revival architecture. He lived in the house from 1844 to 1861 until he was elected the President of the United States. The property is restored to appear as it did when Lincoln and his family lived there. Within the home, numerous pieces of furniture are original to the property. One of the most significant pieces includes the desk that Lincoln used to complete political and legal work.

Visiting the Historic Site

The Lincoln home is part of a four-block neighborhood that’s been restored to represent the time when the Lincoln family lived there. Head over to the National Park Service visitor center, one block away from the Lincoln home to retrieve the free tickets to tour the home. A Park Ranger leads the guided tours. It’s best to arrive early or late in the day during the summer when it’s the busiest. After touring the home, visit the nearby Oak Ridge Cemetery to view the impressive monument and to pay your respects.

Come see the Lincoln family home

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