This two-story home, constructed in 1839, was the only house owned by the Lincolns who lived here from 1844 until 1861.
The house is free to tour, thanks to an 1887 decree by Lincoln's son Robert, but you must get a ticket from the nearby visitors center. All tours are guided, and hours vary by season. Visit the well-detailed site run by the National Park Service.
A block northeast of Mr. Lincoln’s neighborhood, at 10th and Monroe Streets, stands the station where Lincoln gave his farewell speech in 1861 before moving to Washington DC and the Presidency. The free museum is open April to September, 10 am until 4 pm.
One of the most - if not THE most - famous of motorcycle races, this is held at the State Fairgrounds every Memorial Day weekend. It is considered to be the fastest flat dirt track in the country. I'm still kicking myself for not going in 2000...Jay Springsteen won! You motorcyclists know what I'm talkin' about.
1) His house. 2) His law office. 3) The old state capitol. 4) His tomb.
Lincoln has made Springfield one of the most visited cities in the world (honest!). Most of the sites are free, but you'll want to start at the visitors center near his home. There you can reserve a time to tour the house. The law office and old capitol building (where he gave his 'house-divided' speach) are both in the center of downtown. The tomb is in Oak Ridge Cemetary on the north side. There is a flag lowering ceremony every Tuesday evening throughout the summer held by a local Civil War re-enactment regiment.
My favorite thing to see in the Springfield area was New Salem. Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site has a variety of log cabins restored to show the different ways they were built. There are animals and gardens and people in period costume so you feel like you have gone back in time when you are there.
Stepping into the log cabin village of New Salem is like stepping back 150 years into history.
The Henson Robinson Zoo is no San Diego or St. Louis Zoo, but for a town Springfield's size, it is quite nice. Very kid friendly and inexpensive, too.
Henson Robinson Zoo--Located at 1100 E. Lake Drive, the zoo is open 10-5 most days (10-8 on T and R during June, July, and August). Admission is charged. ($2 for adults, $1 for children and seniors, and 0.75 for children under 3. http://www.hensonrobinsonzoo.org/
The Illinois State Fair takes over the town during August. Over 100,000 visitors attended last year. Concert talent is usually very good. Check out the State Fair website for more infomation. http://www.state.il.us/fair/
Coming Soon. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library is a work in progress. The ground breaking took place on Lincoln's birthday (2-12). If you are planning to visit Springfield this year, it will not be finished, but by 2003 you should be able to visit a pretty interesting site.
Not every city can boast a Presidential library, and Lincoln will become the first 19th century President to have one. (Presidential libraries are a 20th century tradition). Lincoln's library will be run almost exclusively by the state of Illinois, not the federal government.
If you have kids, and it's summer, Knights Recreation off of I72 at the Mall/Veterans Prkwy exit is great. Check with your local motel or the newspaper for other area attractions. This is also the home of Honest Abe, lots to see and do in that area.
Abraham Lincoln attended church regularly, just a block from his home. The building is still and active church, but they've made the building accessible to visitors during the week.
Located in the heart of the city, the Old State House remains as it did in Lincoln's day. Inside is a museum of the early years in the state capital.
This is the home Lincoln while he lived in Springfield. This is a National Historic Site, the only one in Illinois. We had a very friendly tour guide. Best of all, it's free.
One thing you'll notice, this building is tall. Very tall. In fact, at 361 feet, this Beaux-Arts style building completed in 1888 is the tallest domed state capitol building in the entire country.