Friday, February 25, 2011

Destination of the Day: Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Springfield, IL

Destination 5 in the series "Hail"

I have said this before and will say it again: Springfield, IL, is by far one of the best small city vacation destinations and for Lincoln devotees, their DisneyWorld!  To start with the city has frequent Amtrak service from both Chicago and Saint Louis for either a day trip or a long weekend.  Two convention hotels are a few blocks from the station.  Finally, most of Springfield's attractions are within the downtown area.  Seasonal shuttle service connects the major other attractions and there is a special bus route for the state fair.  For more information on the city visit

President Lincoln, much like Canada's Mr. Mackenzie King, is considered by historians as one of the greatest leaders of his country.  Lincoln grew up as a poor farm boy, became a self-taught lawyer, was elected to the state legislature, and on 4 March 1861 was sworn in as the 16th President of the United States.  Just over a month later Confederate troops attacked Fort Sumter.  His most well known documents include the Emancipation Proclamation and Gettysburg Address.  His life was taken by an assassin only days after the formal end of the war.  

For more information please visit his Wikipedia entry at

Lincoln Home National Historic Site
413 South Eighth Street
Springfield, Illinois 62701-1905

Sun-Sat: 8:30am-5:00pm (visitors center).  Grounds open daylight hours. 

Free, including house tour.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
212 North Sixth Street
Springfield, IL 62701

Sun-Sat: 9:00am– 5:00pm

Adult: $12.00
Senior (62 and up): $9.00
Children (5 - 15): $6.00
Military (ID required): $7.00
Students (ID required): $9.00
Child (under 5): $0.00
Members: $0.00

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
112 North Sixth Street
Springfield, IL 62701

M-F: 9:00am-5:00pm


Lincoln's Tomb at Oak Ridge Cemetery
1441 Monument Avenue
Springfield, IL

May-Labor Day M-Sun 9:00am-5:00pm
Post Labor Day-November Tues-Sat: 9:00am-5:00pm
December-February Tues-Sat 9:00am-4:00pm
March-April Tues-Sat 9:00am-5:00pm


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