Oak Ridge Cemetery is the final resting place of President Abraham Lincoln and his family. The cemetery is located a little north of downtown and while the cemetery gates remain open until 8 p.m. during the summer, the Lincoln Tomb closes promptly at 5 p.m. During the summer the Tomb remains open until 8 p.m. The Lincoln Tomb is easily the most visited site in the cemetery and has a small parking area located adjacent to the monument. Once visitors enter the Memorial they are greeted by a volunteer who give you a brief history of the memorial and tomb. In the entrance hall there is a model of the Lincoln statue that sits in the Lincoln Memorial. From the entrance hall visitors will make their way through a hallway containing models of other famous Lincoln works of art. At the end of the hallway visitors come to the actual Tomb of Abraham Lincoln. Above the tomb of Abraham Lincoln are the words, “Now he belongs to the Ages,” which was spoken by Secretary of War Edwin Staunton at the time of President Lincoln’s Death. Resting in the crypts along the south wall of the tomb are the remains of Mary Todd Lincoln, and their sons Eddie, Tad and William. I spent about 45-minutes at the Lincoln Tomb and didn’t feel that I rushed my visit. Oak Ridge Cemetery is a very large and historic cemetery and visitors should allow at least a couple of hours to visit in addition to the time you spend at the Lincoln Tomb.
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