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“Great start to our Lincoln tour!”

Lincoln Home National Historic Site
Ranked #3 of 66 things to do in Springfield
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed June 18, 2013

We started our Lincoln attraction tours at his house, and I'm so glad we did. It was very informative, not very crowded (it was a weekday), and we enjoyed talking with all the characters of the surrounding houses. It was humbling to see the life Lincoln lived in Springfield, and especially see the house and use he once resided in and where his young son died. It was moving to know that we could touch the handrails he once used, along with the hallways and steps leading up to the house. If your time allows, I recommend watching the 20 minute video at the tourist center before going on the tour. We also walked up and down the streets nearby that have been renovated to meet the times of Lincoln's days, and they were very interesting. We spent about 2 hours here.

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Reviewed June 17, 2013

Our guide, Millissa, was very knowledgeable about the Lincoln's and the house itself. We learned many interesting facts that we'd never heard before.

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Reviewed June 17, 2013

After leaving the Tomb we drove into Springfield to see the Lincoln Home. The availability, though free, requires a ticket for a guided tour to prevent overcrowding. The visitor and interpretive center show films and have numerous artifacts and information on his neighborhood and life before he was elected and left for Washington, D.C. His departing letter to his town is vivid in his sincerity. There are excellent references of his life and times as he became a successful lawyer and circuit riding judge. The house itself shows the differences between Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln's early lives and the one they built together with their family. Only one son lived to adulthood. There is a front parlor (Mary's) ornate and set for social visits, while the back parlor with the original black furniture was Lincoln's and is quite stark and businesslike. The Sitting room across the hall shows where the family really lived. Mary was quite short and Abe would have been hard pressed to use her furniture. Their rooms upstairs show a similar difference in décor. Lincoln had a chamber pot, Mary had a commode. The boys room across the hall shows an active place for learning and play and the maid's room though quite simple is a good room. The kitchen shows life and activity, you can just imagine this family at home. The three hole outhouse many feet back from the house would have been a daunting walk in the cold of winter. The park buildings in the neighborhood are made to appear as they would have been in their time. Quite excellent.

Thank ruthandvern
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

We showed up to springfield in the midst of a record (18") March snow storm.

This snow closed the Lincoln home the day we intended to go as they shoveled out. However we changed our plans and came back the next day and are very glad we did.

Come early as the tours are given in a first come, first served fashion. The home is small so the tour groups are small. They have restored other homes in the are as well and taken down any non period structures. The Park service has done a nice job restoring a few blocks of Lincolns Springfield. Oh, and unlike many national parks, the FREE PRICE is great. Small charge to park.

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Reviewed June 15, 2013

The Lincoln Home was one of the premier stops during our Lincoln Weekend. A bonus for us was the fact that the entire neighborhood was restored. It is a National Historic Site and every tour I have ever taken at a site administered by the National Park Service has been top notch. The Visitor Center provides a good start to the tour with a good orientation film. However, this can actually be viewed either before or after the neighborhood tour. The tour requires tickets and the number of participants is limited for each time slot. Several Rangers take you through each stage of the Lincoln Home explaining each room and the significance it played in the Lincoln family life. The rest of the restored neighborhood extended one block in each direction. I recommend using the cell phone tour to explain each of the homes and lots that were in the Lincoln's neighborhood. There are two other neighborhood homes that are open allowing visitors to walk through. It is incredible that there is no fee for this tour (as per Robert Todd Lincoln's condition for turning the house over to the government). This is not only a must-see in Springfield, it is a must-see for all Americans. Lincoln's story is one that is emblematic of our history and is seminal to understanding who we are as a nation today.

Thank Debbie K
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