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Vachel Lindsay Home

603 S. 5th Street, Springfield, IL 62791-9356
217-524-0901
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Ranked #17 of 32 Attractions in Springfield
Type: Historic Sites
Most recent review
- Sep 2, 2014
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Springfield, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This home has barely changed since Vachel Lindsay lived there, so the ambiance is real. One can picture him in every room. The guides are very informative; often there are performances in the home. They are wonderful!

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Augusta, GA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I enjoyed this tour more than my husband. The house was just a normal house, but it was interesting to learn about Vachel Lindsay as well as his father who was a physician with an office in the house where he was one of very few doctors who treated African Americans or other poor people of the time. Vachel was... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Vachel Lindsay's house is also the same house that Abraham Lincoln's sister lived in first. Well preserved. I saw a top hat sitting on the night stand next the Mr. Lindsay's bed. You could tell that this hat was very old and had Mr. Lindsay's name on the inside. Our guide explained how the Lindsay's built an addition to the... More

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Missouri
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24 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Learned a lot about Vachel Lindsay's career and family. Home is well taken care of; lots of nice touches designed by his mother and preserved for today's visitors. Tour guide was friendly and informative.

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Pekin, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

This home was so interesting not only in itself but the family who owned it. It's immaculately kept up!! The guide, Jennie, was a brilliant woman who took a personal interest in making sure all our questions were answered and then some!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Just down the street from the Governor's mansion and the Frank Lloyd Wright house. We're from Spokane, Wa. where Vachel spent some time living in our historical hotel and met his wife. So we HAD to check this out

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Bloomington, Indiana
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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Well maintained residence of the poet, novelist, and writer of the first book about film. The owner before Lindsay was Mary Todd's sister, so the house also has a Lincoln connection. It takes no more than a half-hour to tour.

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Chicago
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

A good place to see another aspect of life during Lincoln's time. Many interesting facts and artifacts about the family.

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Berwyn
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

The outside of the house was lovely, with a beautiful, blooming Linden tree in the front yard. The house itself was beautifully restored, but there was not much furniture on the first floor. I can understand that the correct period pieces are expensive to acquire. So that was fine. But the person giving the tour would not stay on the... More

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Loretto, Pennsylvania
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Only had a day in this city and spent more than half of it in this house talking with the highly knowledgeable docent. No better way to appreciate an author than to experience the surroundings that influenced him!

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