Edwards Place Historic Home

Edwards Place Historic Home

Edwards Place Historic Home
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Aln357
Anacoco, LA522 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Family
Unfortunately the contents of this house was not preserve. Even though past from the family too and art Society then back to a museum the contents from the family were not preserved. There are some of their belongings that have been pieced back together in the house but unfortunately most of the true history of this house has been destroyed. Tori took about 2 hours but was mostly telling stories about the people and their friends not the true history of the house itself or any of its architecture. Worth the price but not an amazing stop
Written May 11, 2021
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AlwaysTime2Fly
Appleton22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Family
This place is wonderful! It's not the first place that people think of when they think of Lincoln, so I imagine that it's sometimes ignored. That is such a shame...it was just as wonderful, if not more, than some of the more common places. The staff of the arts center is highly accommodating, and the director gave us a tour basically "on the spot". We loved the house, all the explanations of the things in the house, the ongoing restoration efforts, and even discussion of the reports of paranormal activity in one of the bedrooms. The house is truly an ongoing labor of love, and it is was a treat to see the process of restoration. Although everything was free, I plan to contact the center (they're closed for the July 4th holiday) about making a donation. At the end of the tour, we took part in the "Lemonade with the Lincolns" activity on the front porch. Actors in the role of Abe Lincoln and Mrs. Edwards (Mary Todd Lincoln's sister) talked with us about events and issues of the day. There was a family already with "Mr. Lincoln", with several young children, who the actors world very hard to keep engaged and involved in the conversation. My 18 year old son was with us (under a little bit of protest), and completely enjoyed the experience. The actor that portrayed Lincoln was wonderful. He spoke authoritatively to all the questions asked, and even (after we discussed Lincoln's fondness for Shakespeare) performed a bit of Hamlet. More than anything on the trip to Springfield, this gave us a very REAL sense of the man, Lincoln, and what the world must have looked like to those who knew him. The house is wonderful, "lemonade with Lincoln" is wonderful....seriously...you should do this!
Written July 5, 2013
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GaryH0522
80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Solo
This old mansion is laden with rich history concerning Abraham Lincoln. In this mansion, young Abe courted Mary Todd. They even have the very same furniture that Abe sat in while he did it. Mary Todd's family regarded Abe with disdain, and did not approve of Abe coming around to court Mary, figuring him for an unrefined backwoods "hick" who would never amount to anything important. Of course, he proved them all completely wrong when he became the 16th President! From the South porch, he delivered his Farewell Address to Springfield, just before he went on to Washington, D.C, and to history. The place could use some maintenance and renovation, so be sure to leave a donation; they depend on them to maintain the place. If you come to Springfield to explore Abe Lincoln's history, this home is absolutely on your MUST-SEE list! Easy, convenient parking on the west side of the mansion.off 4th Street.
Written May 16, 2013
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LisaD2806
CHILLICOTHE57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Family
As we toured the Edwards home, our guide gave us a very informational tour. The Edwards home had been owned by Mary Lincoln's sister and brother-in-law and his family. The Edwards' were very "upper-crust" compared to Abraham at the time he and Mary started courting. After our tour we enjoyed lemonade and cookies with a gentleman who portrays Abraham Lincoln. He is fantastic!!!
Written August 18, 2012
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Danielle
Milwaukee, WI46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Friends
This house has so much history within it. Luckily my dad and I were able to latch onto a larger group and formed a small tour of the house. Our tour guide was very informative and knew much about Edwards Place and Lincoln. We got to see up close actual furniture Lincoln and Mary Todd sat on during their time of courting. We had to detach from the tour early, but it was a neat experience overall. If you have the time while visiting Springfield it offers a nice touch to the "Lincoln Experience".
Written October 17, 2013
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micheletauber
Long Branch, New Jersey, United States51 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Solo
Don't miss out on this hidden gem in Springfield. It doesn't get the same big press of the other houses, but it's worth the trip. Again, a recommended donation, so you can pay what you can afford, and there is free parking in the lot adjacent to the house. A nice bonus in Springfield, where you have to pay to park in most places. I recommend the house because not only do you get a wonderful tour of the Edwards House an their history, but you get to the see the actual courting couch that Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd sat on. There is also a small Art Gallery open to the public and that's a nice added bonus too. I recommend this house on your tour of sites in Springfield.
Written May 9, 2013
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Marilyn540
Saint Louis, MO121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
We walked from the downtown area, about .9 mile - an easy walk, but they have plenty of parking too. There is a $5.00 charge, but very worth it. It goes to the further restoration and maintenance of this beautiful home. You will see the couch where Abraham and Mary Todd courted. The was the home of Mary's sister and brother-in-law. Also has a rare upright grand piano. The tour lasted about 45 minutes and the guide was wonderful. Don't miss this tour!!!!
Written June 4, 2016
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JadedDesigner
Springfield, IL2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Friends
I've been to Edwards Place several times and it never disappoints.

It is the oldest house in Springfield (in its original location), it has been recently renovated and is the location of the courting couch for Mary Todd & Abraham Lincoln, so it contains much in the way of interest for history lovers. They host amazing events, such as listening to a parlor piano concert in February that was on the piano that once belonged to Mary Lincoln’s sister Elizabeth! I've also attended both a baby shower and birthday party that were private rentals in the space and it was really special to be in such a location.

I highly recommend if you are making a trip to Springfield or if you have lived here all you life and never been, that you take the time to stop by Edwards Place!
Written May 16, 2016
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Judy B
Decatur, IL8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015
This is a beautiful restored home from Lincoln's time. We attended the basement to attic tour with impersonators and thoroughly enjoyed the tour. You can also visit the Art Association gallery next door to see its latest exhibit.
Written August 3, 2015
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Courtney K
Racine, WI2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
This was a beautiful home! First off we accidentally walked in on the other tour ending but they let us in anyway. Second our tour guide was wonderful; I believe her name was Erica. She was very knowledgeable of the house and the previous owners. Lastly, it is on the outskirts of downtown but I would make sure to stop by if you can. Also, there is $5 fee because the house is ran by the art association. It is a small price to pay for a great piece of history.
Written July 13, 2015
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