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Elijah Iles House

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Address: 628 S 7th St, Springfield, IL 62703-1637
Phone Number: (217) 492-5929

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Part of Lincoln's old Neighbourhood

This is one of two houses you can go inside in this areas attraction, Lincoln's being the other, but unlike the Lincoln's house, you can go on your own inside this one, which was... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 26, 2016
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

This is one of two houses you can go inside in this areas attraction, Lincoln's being the other, but unlike the Lincoln's house, you can go on your own inside this one, which was one of his immediate neighbours. Worth a visit.

2 Thank D0dge51
Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2016

We decided to visit here after we found that another place was closed. It was a great choice. When we got there Mr. Lincoln had just started talking about Gettysburg We sat in on it and were very impressed with the talk. The impersonator, Fritz, was fantastic. He resembled Lincoln more than any we have seen. Right down to the... More 

1 Thank Clarence D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2015

This is one of the few old homes that you walk into and everything is just as it was when it was built. The floors are original and even the door knob/lock/key is original.

3 Thank Lois42
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2015

The Elijah Iles House at 628 South 7th Street often is overlooked when visitors come to Springfield to explore the more publicized Lincoln historic sites. But Iles, one of the founding fathers of Springfield, had as much to do with Lincoln's rise as anyone else. Iles, an American businessman, pioneer and politician, settled in Springfield in 1821, opened the first... More 

7 Thank Taylor B
Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2014

My family and I arrived just in time to see "Mr. Lincoln" walking a small group of visitors from the Lincoln Home National Historic Site to the Elijah Iles House. We caught up to their walking tour on the way to the House. "Mr. Lincoln" was a delight as he talked to us about the town and our destination: The... More 

5 Thank Therese H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

A friend volunteers giving guided tours of this quaint family home of Elijah Iles and his connection to Abe and Mary "Todd" Lincoln and many influential statesmen that visited this home.

5 Thank Mj B
Rockford, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2013

I happened on this house at 3:30 on a Saturday, and was I lucky! I was the last tour, so I got a wonderful and informative tour! This house belonged to one of the founders of Springfield, and I believe it may be the oldest house in Springfield. The house has been moved twice and the stories of those moves... More 

3 Thank LovesTravel524
Terre Haute
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2013

There was a strawberry fest in the back yard during our walk to this house. And the son of one of the former owners of the house was on our tour - making it really special. The house was literally moved across town - that must have been something. The house has such ornate features and is something to see.... More 

4 Thank Diana N
Centralia, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2013

Very enjoyable "first" house of Springfield & accompanying museum. Tour guides are very knowledgeable. Camp Butler Exhibit in the lower level was unique and educational. A short walk from Lincoln's home.

3 Thank Steven G
Taylorville, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2012

The tour guide was very informative, and the house was wonderful. They have photographs of when the house was moved to its current location and my daughter was fascinated by how they did it. The watch museum in the basement was VERY interesting, and if you have an old watch, they can authenticate it for you! The tour is free,... More 

4 Thank Tony T

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