Lincoln Home National Historic Site

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Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Lincoln Home National Historic Site
4.5
Historic Sites • History Museums
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
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Disneybus
Pittsgrove, NJ679 contributions
Nov 2021
Sign up for your ranger led tour upon arrival at the visitor center. While waiting for your tour, see the the twenty-three minute movie called A Journey to Greatness. There's also a small bookstore inside with souvenirs. Our ranger led us through the streets of the district to Lincoln's home where the tour began. The tour was great as you feel like you're part of the history. Our ranger was very informative, detailing our observations as we traversed through Abe's house. We ended up outside in the backyard and got to visualize how the house was before the second story was added. After the 45 minute tour, we were free to roam the district on our own, entering another building that contained artifacts of the time. Many of the buildings on the street are currently occupied. We recommend, if you are in the need for lunch, to stop at Obed & Isaacs a mere block away.
Written 18 January 2022
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Sridhar T
Eden Prairie, MN265 contributions
Dec 2021
1. National Park Services(NPS) offer free guided tours of the Lincoln Home.
2. You get to see the dining room, living room, bed room etc.
3. Photography inside the home is permitted.
4. Admission to tour the house is free. You can reserve your spot by contacting an agent in the Visitor Center. Our tour lasted for 20 minutes and was very insightful.
Written 2 January 2022
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SixOneTwo
Minneapolis, MN407 contributions
Oct 2021
Outstanding restoration of the Lincoln home and surrounding neighborhood. National Park Ranger-led tours of the house are well worth the time. Our ranger delivered a compelling down-to-earth story of the Lincoln family's every day life and wanted to be sure we left with a knowledge of Lincoln as a human, not just as a larger-than-life American icon.

Do take time to wander the restored blocks around the home and visit the other period houses that provide details on life during the Lincoln era. It was especially pleasant during the "fall color" time of year that we visited.
Written 27 December 2021
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Badger Traveler
Madison, WI191 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
We recently visited mid-week and took the 9:00 a.m. free tour by the volunteer guide. The guide was superb and we got a lot of information and background that we wouldn’t have learned if we had gone through the house on our own. The guide answered every question we asked and delivered the history with energy and enthusiasm. We also visited two other homes in the Lincoln Neighborhood that at present open to the public. These two houses have additional information about the Lincoln home and history. The tour lasts 45 minutes and the visits to the other two homes can be accomplished in a half hour, Parking was conveniently located across the street for free. After visiting the Lincoln Museum, this was a great addition to that experience. My only caution is taking the tour with a full group (which is 14, I believe). The Lincoln Home is large for the times, but the halls and areas where tourists can stand are small. We had 4 in our group and it was perfect. More than 8 would seem too crowded and difficult to view the areas that the guide was referring to. We also viewed the 20-25 minute film, “A Journey to Greatness” and it was excellent—inspiring and uplifting—a great way to end the visit.
Written 27 November 2021
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,431 contributions
Nov 2021
A trip to Springfield, Illinois, always includes obligatory visits to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the Lincoln Home National Historic Site and Lincoln's Tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery. The home and related historic district where Lincoln lived from 1844 to 1861, before becoming the 16th President of the United States, includes the four blocks surrounding the home and a visitor center. Located at 413 South Eighth Street at the corner of Jackson Street, it was the only home that Lincoln ever owned. Three of his four sons were born there and one died there. The two-story Greek Revival house, which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966, contains 12 rooms. There also is an outdoor privy. Painted white with green shutters, the house has been beautifully restored to its 1860 appearance. Curiously, although Lincoln's wife loved flowers, neither she nor her husband were known as gardeners, didn't devote much effort to landscaping the grounds and never planted trees. Lincoln's son, Robert Todd Lincoln, donated the family home to the State of Illinois in 1887 under the condition that it would forever be well maintained and open to the public at no charge. The home and adjacent district became a National Historic Site in 1971. The Lincoln Depot, from which Lincoln left the city for Washington DC and his 1961 inauguration, is located a few blocks away. The house is open daily from 8:30 to 5.
Written 17 November 2021
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Jade S
White House, TN95 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
I am an avid historian regarding the early years of our country’s founding and shaping. I’ve checked off a few presidential homes; now including Lincoln’s home. I actually work at Andrew Jackson’s home, The Hermitage so my standards in this area of interest are a bit high admittedly. The state of Illinois did a fantastic job presenting his home. I loved that you were able to go inside each room and really get a feel for what living in that home would have been like when the Lincoln’s occupied it. I could imagine their rambunctious boys plowing through the front hall. The stray cats slinking through the dining room and kitchen begging for scraps. Mary Lincoln sewing and mending. Our tour guide was very informative and easy to understand even with a mask. He packed a lot of information into a 30-45 minute tour. I appreciated being able to take non-flash photos in each room so that I can look back on later. We had a rather large group and it was a bit crowded in places. I didn’t want to hinder anyone else from being able to spectate or admire so those photos came in handy at the end of the day to review the layout and objects inside. The gift shop has a nice little overview book as well for those that may not be able to make it upstairs. I took two things from this tour, Lincoln was a wrestler and also a cat person but to the best of historical knowledge, he didn’t wrestle cats. ;0) My husband and I enjoyed walking the few blocks surrounding the home which were closed off from traffic. The homes are restored to what they would have likely looked like during the 1800’s. The historical significance of his neighborhood being diverse with everything from lowly wash-women to free African Americans, to Lincoln himself and everything in between; very eye-opening. Thank you again Illinois for being such a gracious host this week - your preservation to American history is second to none.
Written 16 November 2021
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RandS_TX
houston266 contributions
Oct 2021 • Solo
This was a very nice tour. Thanks to Robert Lincoln who sold the home for $1 with the stipulation it would be free to the public. It still is! We had a great guide who was very informative. There were lots of original items used by the Lincoln family. I find it amazing that Abe actually sat at that desk! I wouldn't miss this if in town.
Written 28 October 2021
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Lin0515
New Castle, DE582 contributions
Oct 2021
We did not go in the house, but we stopped at the visitors center for information then walked the area around the house. It's like a little Williamsburg in the middle of Springfield--very peaceful and takes you back in time.
Written 21 October 2021
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Rach Dee
Chicago, IL7 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
Tour was around 30min. You have to go to Lincoln Home Visitor's Center to reserve a time. We went on a Saturday 11:10am, we got a 12noon tour.
Written 19 October 2021
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Debbi S
New York City, NY164 contributions
May 2021
This historic site is an amazing slice of the 19th century - a 4-square-block time warp in the middle of the state capital. The houses (including the Lincoln family home) are amazingly preserved and the gravel streets (chained off from traffic) complete the step-back-in-time feeling. National Park Service Rangers provide information in the Info Center and also guide tours of the home. There are many other Lincoln historical sites (denoted by plaques) in the are around the nearby Old State Capitol. The Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library are also not far from the Home site.
Written 15 October 2021
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