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“Thank you Robert Lincoln and city of Springfield” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Lincoln Home National Historic Site
413 South Eighth St., Springfield, IL 62701
217-492-4241 ex.221
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Ranked #2 of 30 Attractions in Springfield
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, National Parks, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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.
Waterloo, Iowa
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“Thank you Robert Lincoln and city of Springfield”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

In 1880 Robert Lincoln, son of Abraham and Mary Lincoln, sold this home to the city for $1 with the promise that it would be maintained and that visitors could always tour the home with no admission fee. Well, 134 years later, amazingly the home has been maintained correctly and there is still free admission.
Your first stop is the visitor center which has 2 movie theatres and I highly recommend the movie on Lincoln's pre Washington life. The gift shop is very interesting and fairly priced. Here you will get your free ticket to walk one block to the historic district which has several period homes. The tour group meets across the street from Lincoln's home and the guide prepares you for what you will see. Our guide was very informative and passionate about imparting his knowledge of the Lincoln family. You will learn much more than you ever did in school about Abe, Mary and the children. Such as Mary being quite the hostess to large parties. The home does indeed still have many pieces from the years they lived in the house. Beds, desks and the kitchen stove are just a few of the actual items from the mid 1860s. The guide made sure we stayed on the runner and didn't touch anything lest buzzers and lights would go off. Not sure if he was kidding.
Other homes are available to go through and are also interesting. The city ( and national park service ) has done a great job in keeping everything as close as possible to the time of Lincoln's Springfield days. As far as finding things to do for free this has to rank right up there as everything here is well done and worth your time. So if near Springfield do not miss this opportunity to learn more about Lincoln, his family and the history of America.
I would recommend going in the off season ( late fall or early spring ) as we were told this site can be very busy in the warm weather months. Also, Springfield has many one way streets so study a map to know exactly how to get here.

Visited December 2013
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Bettendorf, Iowa
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“Very nice Lincoln's house and town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

I went to Springfield, Il to visit Lincoln home. The guider man was good explain in details everything and also answer questions that he didn't talk in the tour. Very recommends

Visited October 2013
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Iowa
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“By far the best attraction in Springfield ... and it's FREE”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

Unlike the much hyped Presidential museum, Lincoln's home is run by the National Park Service and is free for visitors. The house is beautifully maintained, and the surrounding neighborhood has been restored much as it was in Lincoln's day. There are numerous artifacts actually owned and used by the Lincolns, and everything else in the home is appropriate to the era.

Visits are by guided tour. We arrived around 9:30 and were given tickets for a tour that was leaving immediately. The guide was both friendly and extremely knowledgeable. He even explained little details like the design of the outhouse that made it easier for women in hoop skirts to use.

No visit to Springfield is complete without a visit to Lincoln's home, and the fact that this great American's home is here makes Springfield a destination for any history buff.

Visited December 2013
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St.Louis
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“As it was in 1860”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

Wonderful home with a great story. Seems to be as Lincoln and family left the house in 1860. Easy and fascinating to stand where Lincoln stood, where he wrote and read. A must visit.

Visited December 2013
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London, England, United Kingdom
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“Brilliant first stop on US tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Part of a tranquil and well kept period town. The area felt authentic which is proof of good maintenance of this historic site.

Bonus that attraction was free. The rangers who look after this attraction were helpful and the guide for our tour was knowledgeable, interesting and more than capable of looking after a party of 12 which included me and my partner.

The visit was of good historic value to us.

Visited November 2013
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