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Lincoln Home National Historic Site
Ranked #3 of 66 things to do in Springfield
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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 January 22, 2014

I can stay here all day. Visiting president Lincoln's house was a real treat. Although we went on a cold day it was fine. There wasn't a lot of people and we had a small group with us. The visitor center is your first stop. There you can watch some short films on Lincoln and grab some tickets for the tour of his home. You can't go in his home on your own. There's a map of how Springfield looked like during his times and you can see the route of his funeral procession after he was killed. The home is just around the corner and it is blocked of by traffic and surrounded by other homes that make it look as if time stopped in 1860. I really enjoyed that part the most. You can visit a couple other homes across from the Lincoln home on your own and get some more info and see more artifacts. My only caution is that we spent nearly have our day here and didn't have enough time to see the other places I wanted to see but it was very enjoyable. The tour is free. The only thing is I did not notice the times posted anywhere so although we got there at around 9.15 we didn't get on a tour until 10.55. We were just walking around aimlessly for a bit. That kinda killed most of our day.

1  Thank Victor S
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Reviewed January 10, 2014

Not only is Lincoln's house preserved and accessible, so are many of his neighbours homes. The streets are gravel, the curbs are wood, the sidewalks a brick and boardwalks. Cool place, right in the middle of the very clean and friendly city of Springfield!

1  Thank Ralph L
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

We went there on Dec. 27th 2013. The first tour was 9am, got there early and had a private tour. Melissa was a great tour guide and answered all of our questions and let us take as many pictures as we wanted. Many of the furnishings are the original. They even found a swatch of the wall paper from the Lincoln bedroom that they have recreated. This is run by the National Parks Service and is free of charge. The houses surrounding Lincoln's home are also part of the restoration. We also visited the Lincoln Museum and tomb. Both are a must see.

1  Thank jane l
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

In 1880 Robert Lincoln, son of Abraham and Mary Lincoln, sold this home to the city for $1 with the promise that it would be maintained and that visitors could always tour the home with no admission fee. Well, 134 years later, amazingly the home has been maintained correctly and there is still free admission.
Your first stop is the visitor center which has 2 movie theatres and I highly recommend the movie on Lincoln's pre Washington life. The gift shop is very interesting and fairly priced. Here you will get your free ticket to walk one block to the historic district which has several period homes. The tour group meets across the street from Lincoln's home and the guide prepares you for what you will see. Our guide was very informative and passionate about imparting his knowledge of the Lincoln family. You will learn much more than you ever did in school about Abe, Mary and the children. Such as Mary being quite the hostess to large parties. The home does indeed still have many pieces from the years they lived in the house. Beds, desks and the kitchen stove are just a few of the actual items from the mid 1860s. The guide made sure we stayed on the runner and didn't touch anything lest buzzers and lights would go off. Not sure if he was kidding.
Other homes are available to go through and are also interesting. The city ( and national park service ) has done a great job in keeping everything as close as possible to the time of Lincoln's Springfield days. As far as finding things to do for free this has to rank right up there as everything here is well done and worth your time. So if near Springfield do not miss this opportunity to learn more about Lincoln, his family and the history of America.
I would recommend going in the off season ( late fall or early spring ) as we were told this site can be very busy in the warm weather months. Also, Springfield has many one way streets so study a map to know exactly how to get here.

1  Thank dennis k
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

I went to Springfield, Il to visit Lincoln home. The guider man was good explain in details everything and also answer questions that he didn't talk in the tour. Very recommends

Thank carlos v
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