Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site

Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site

Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site

Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site
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Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Government Buildings
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12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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barkus1968
Saint Louis, MO4,184 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
If you enjoy driving through small towns in Illinois and visiting historic sites...this is good stop. The town square is not in great shape, but everything is well maintained. The courthouse has limited history - it’s more like a school. I liked the visit. But I’m hardcore. I visit EVERY historic site. :-).

Written September 20, 2020
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,645 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
As we traveled the Lincoln Trail throughout Illinois, we had to stop at the Mount Pulaski Courthouse, which along with Metamora is the only courthouse still standing in Illinois in which Abraham Lincoln regularly argued cases during his days as a circuit lawyer in the 1850s. Just to be standing in the second floor courtroom where Lincoln established his reputation as both an accomplished practitioner of the law and a gifted speaker is an eerie and awesome and inspiring experience. Mount Pulaski Courthouse was built in 1848 and served as the Logan County seat of government until 1855. After the county seat was moved to Lincoln in 1855, the former courthouse was used as a city hall, school and post office. In 1935, the state purchased the building and began efforts to restore it to an 1850s appearance. The two-story brick Greek Revival building stands at the center of the Mount Pulaski public square. The first floor, divided by a hallway,contains six rooms representing county offices. The second floor houses a courtroom, jury room and a judge's chambers. The flooring in the courtroom is original. The grounds are shaded by large trees. It's almost as if you'd expect Lincoln himself to be riding up the street to argue a case in the courtroom. In 1978, Mount Pulaski Courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors are provided guided tours of the recreated county offices and courtroom. This is a must stop for history buffs who want to visit Lincoln sites in Illinois.
Written October 1, 2015
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John W
Lostant, IL2,216 contributions
Wanted to come here after visiting the one in Metamora as it's the only other courthouse still standing from Abraham Lincoln's days as a lawyer. The tour guide was very informative and allowed me to explore every room. The floor on the second floor where the court room is is original. As the years have gone by the repairs are starting to mount up as the state hasnt kept it's promise with funding. A donation would be a good deed even if it's just spare change. A must stop for history lovers who want to know more about Lincoln!!
Written March 7, 2015
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Tom G
Winona, MN1,629 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
This was worth a short stop on a long drive to see this historic courthouse site. It has very limited hours to visit inside: Tuesday through Saturday from Noon to 4 p.m. Since I visited on a Monday, i couldn't go inside, but I still enjoyed walking around and taking photos.
Written July 10, 2019
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dave5400
Missouri171 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
But I would like to rate it that high. This is one of only 2 courthouses Lincoln practiced law in that are still standing today. The other is Metamora Court House. Mt Pulaski courthouse sits in the middle of the town square. Go to lunch at the Brickyard Restaurant across from the rear courthouse entrance, for fantastic food. And touring the courthouse itself up on the second floor, stand where Lincoln stood and argued cases in this courthouse that was part of the Illinois 8th Judicial Circuit. Lincoln and his associates, along with Judge David Davis, came here twice a year, to this and to many other county courthouses, to resolve cases of all types. Extremely highly recommended.
Written July 2, 2019
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raynee11
Springfield, IL27 contributions
Feb 2019 • Family
This is a beautifully decorated State Historic Site, cared for with the help of its foundation. You can step back into the late 1800’s with all of the period decor and walk on the original floor Abraham Lincoln walked on. Great site for Abraham Lincoln fans and history buffs.
Looking for Lincoln National Heritage Area stamps are available for your passport books.
Tours last approximately 30 minutes.
Written February 27, 2019
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trainerstone
Philippines via Chicago146 contributions
Mar 2016 • Family
It was amazing to walk on the same floorboards as Abraham Lincoln did. The old courthouse is under construction, but is amazing. The volunteers are excellent.
Written March 13, 2016
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califken
Saint Louis, MO561 contributions
Oct 2015 • Couples
If you want to walk on a floor where Abraham Lincoln walked this is the place. He did practice law here and the floor in the courtroom is original. This site is maintained by volunteers and they need help. Very well done.
Written November 11, 2015
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