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“A National Treasure!”

Edwards Place Historic Home
Ranked #10 of 58 things to do in Springfield
Certificate of Excellence
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“A National Treasure!”
Reviewed May 16, 2013

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.

Visited April 2013
8 Thank GaryH0522
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Long Branch, New Jersey, United States
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“A Hidden Gem in Springfield”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

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.

Visited May 2013
6 Thank micheletauber
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“Lemonade and cookies with Abraham Lincoln”
Reviewed August 17, 2012

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!!!

Visited August 2012
8 Thank LisaD2806
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