Lincoln Home National Historic Site Springfield
Where is it at?
Lincoln Home National Historic Site
413 S 8th Street
Tel: 217 492-4241
On the I-55 coming from the north, take exit 98B at Clear Lake Ave. Head west and merge onto Jefferson St. You will eventually reach Seventh St. Turn left, and the visitor center is 5 blocks south. The parking lot is past the center on the left.
Where are we going today?
Abraham Lincoln is widely known as the 16th president of the USA, but who was the man before this responsibility? Lincoln Home National Historic Site uncovers the man as he was as a spouse, a parent, and a neighbour.
It's a great way to show kids that really, you can be anyone you want to be!
He was just a normal man with hopes and dreams - just like kids today. He faced challenges that are still experienced to this day.
The only access to the Lincoln Home is through a tour. Tickets are free, but you must reserve a specific tour time. (You can get these at the Visitor Center Information Desk on a first-come first-served basis!)
The home opened to the public in 1887 and still continues to amaze people! The home itself was built in 1839 and is restored to it's 1860 appearance, so you can image him sitting at his desk, or wandering around the halls.
Do you think you could have lived in this house?
Your tour will be ranger-led, and gives you an insight into the 17 years that he spent there with his family - all the way to his rise to president!
See the formal parlor, and stroll through the sitting room. Perhaps imagine yourself having tea in the dining room?
You can even step into his bedroom! The kitchen, backyard and the outbuildings are all part of the tour too.
At the Lincoln Home National Historic Site there is a free film available that highlights his life in the home, which you can enjoy before heading outside to the Lincoln Neighbourhood exhibit which focus on the Lincoln-era homes that he would have known! You can follow in the footsteps and stroll along this 4 block flashback into history. Kids will love seeing the actual houses right in-front of their eyes!
A fascinating insight into a fascinating man. The Lincoln Home National Historic Site is a must for anyone who loves history.
When can we go?
Visitor Center is open 8:30am - 5pm daily
Shut January 1st, Thanksgiving Day and December 25th.
The site is an incredibly popular destination for teachers and field trips. They will do their best to assist, and can offer curriculum materials. Call to arrange a trip..
Any Top Tips?
Remember that this isn't a self-guided tour so you need to get your ticket from the visitor center. It's worth noting during March to November wait times can exceed one hour..
Need a little extra help?
There is lift access and availability of wheelchairs. They can offer wheelchairs for visitor use. They also have captioned and audio described video if you need.
For sign language interpretation they need 2 weeks notice. .
Strollers are not permitted in the home..
What people are saying?
by Chris Mackesy
Excellent national park and it's completely free. Took my three young children there on a cool fall day. Very few visitors and plenty to see. Enjoyed the tour, park ranger/tour guide was excellent, he encouraged and answered all questions completely. Great self pace and cell phone tour options make this great for everyone. A place to see the different side of the history of a great man - one as a father, businessman and dreamer.
by Kevin Harvell
Always a pleasant experience when I visit.
The park rangers are always friendly and engaging. Love how they get younger visitors to ask their questions.
The Lincoln home is in absolutely wonderful shape thanks to all the work done over the years.
Visitors center is clean and the gift shop has plenty of great gifts to choose from.
by Nora Bales
Great National Park Site - lots of knowledgeable and helpful staff, great visitors center, and an excellent tour. I went on the tour with Ranger Bob. What a fantastic interpreter. He really brought the history to life. I had a great experience.
by Matheson Eaton
Lincoln Home National Historic Site is actually not closed on Saturdays and Sundays, they maintain there normal hours except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.
by Ben Anthony
Nice and peaceful place to visit.