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Elijah Iles House

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Cheri_Trips wrote a review Oct 2019
252 contributions32 helpful votes
parking was challenging, but it was well worth the stop on our trip. room had original items, you could almost FEEL the past.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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DMGAmes_Iowa wrote a review Jul 2019
Ames, Iowa527 contributions148 helpful votes
My wife and I lucked out in being able to see the Iles house after visiting the Lincoln Home site just two blocks away. The house is only open two days a week, from noon to 4:00, since it is operated by a private foundation with docent guides. Our docent, Connie Sims, was excellent. The restoration has concentrated on the structure itself, not furniture and furnishings, though a few pieces of original furniture and paintings are on display. A collection of antique watches is housed in the basement.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Rose wrote a review Jul 2019
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I've been a volunteer at the Iles house. This house is not always open because it is all charity and volunteers. Iles was a friend and neighbor of Abraham Lincoln and donated property for the Home of the Friendless. Greatly and lovingly maintained with "Summer Porch Chats" on interesting topics.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Beatriz121 wrote a review Sep 2018
Wisconsin892 contributions249 helpful votes
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A couple blocks south of Lincoln's home is the Elijah Iles home, the oldest existing home in Springfield. We got there at 11:45 a.m. on a Saturday and had to wait until noon when it opened. The docent did a great job explaining the history of the home (it has been moved several times before getting to the 7th St. location) and pointing out interesting artifacts within the home including an oil portrait of Elijah Iles, an inlaid table, and a large armoire. Because of my husband's health, we had to cut short our tour of the 1st floor because he really wanted to see the watch and clock collection on the lower level. As we headed down the stairs, I was picturing a cluttered workbench with lots of clock parts piled up. Was I wrong! The collection of watches, clocks, and unique time pieces was beautifully arranged on the wall and in glass cases. We watched a short video about the Springfield Watch Co. and then had the pleasure of meeting the elderly gentleman who collected the items. He, too, was a wealth of information and was obviously pleased to be able to share his knowledge.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Kathi B wrote a review Jul 2018
Elkhorn, Wisconsin439 contributions63 helpful votes
What an awesome piece of history is preserved here!!! Tour guides are very knowledgeable about the history of this location and the city!!! Very awesome tour, thank you so much!!!
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Date of experience: July 2018
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