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Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Address: 413 South Eighth St., Springfield, IL 62701
Phone Number: 217-492-4241 ex.221
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Ranked #2 of 33 Attractions in Springfield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, National Parks, Historic Walking Areas, Museums, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: The only house Abraham Lincoln ever owned is the centerpiece of this four-block historic...
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, National Parks, Historic Walking Areas, Museums, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: The only house Abraham Lincoln ever owned is the centerpiece of this four-block historic neighborhood. Lincoln and his family lived in the two-story house from 1844 until 1861, when their address changed to the White House.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

The Lincoln home sits in a little plaza of restored homes from Lincoln's period. The National Park gives a free tour (check in at the office) of the home. There are exhibitions in other homes. This is a high point of Springfield

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MORENO VALLEY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

This is more than just a tour of the home Lincoln and his family lived in for 17 years in Springfield Illinois. A couple of city blocks are actually being cared for by NPS. Tour is a little talky but its interesting to see where he lived before going to DC. Theres a contest in Springfield, see how many statues/picts... More 

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Rolling Meadows, Illinois
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74 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Although it's free, you need a reservation to take the tour. Do this, first thing you arrive, so you can plan the rest of your day. I had about 45 minutes to kill, so watched a video and toured 2 on-your-own houses. The tour was so-so if you've toured any historic houses. The best part was the tour guide (ranger)... More 

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Peru, Illinois
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53 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Was on a mini vacation and came here for my first stop. Been coming here since I was a kid and still well kept up. Parking is 2 dollars an hour which is very reasonable considering how expensive Chicago is. The tickets are free though they are required to get into the house. For back then the house was big... More 

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New Haven, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We were the first tour through on a chilly Saturday morning, so we spent about twice the amount of time inside the house then most tours since there was no tour group following us. The guide was full of information that he wanted to share with the group. He had our young children's full attention during the entire tour. Remember... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

If you get the opportunity to tour this house, do not let is pass you by. We toured in late November, so the crowds were not here. You wind your way through this old house and learn about Abe and Mary and their life in this house with their kids. Many of the furnishings are from the home and photography... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This is a must-do in Springfield. The site is the only National Park in Illinois and offers a terrific free tour of Lincoln's home along with an excellent visitors' center. Visitors actually walk the staircase that Lincoln climbed daily and stand in the family's parlor. The immediate area surrounding the home maintains the look and atmosphere of Lincoln's time. One... More 

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Kent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015 via mobile

Amazing to be able to look around the house where Lincoln and his family once lived. Some of the items of furniture were the originals that they used at the time, which was a humbling thought. The ranger who took us around was very knowledgable - definitely worth the visit.

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Mishawaka, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Lincoln and Mary lived here 17 years with two of their sons expanding and gentrifying this house. It is lovingly restored and real glimpse into their lives. You feel privileged to be there.

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

The National Historic site is well laid out and the guides are very informative and entertaining will being respectful. It was amazing just how small the house was. The streetscape from the time has been maintained and the surrounding houses add to the story.

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