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1. Gettysburg Battlefield

Abraham Lincoln’s presidency was shaped and remembered for his victory in the American Civil War and no more is this felt than at Gettysburg National Military Park. In 1863, the small town of Gettysburg became the scene of one of the bloodiest battles in the war and one which marked a significant turning point in favour of Lincoln’s Unionists. This would also become the site of Lincoln’s famed Gettysburg Address, said to be the most quoted speech in American history.


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You will find the Lincoln Tomb a few miles north of downtown in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Springfield Information
Taking a group to Springfield or New Salem? Contact the Convention & Visitors Center for help:

Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau
109 N. 7th Street
Springfield, IL 62701
1-800-545-7300 or 217/789-2360

Related Reading
Andreasen, Bryon C. Looking for Lincoln in Illinois: Lincoln's Springfield. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2015.
Angle, Paul M. Here I Have Lived: A History of Lincoln's Springfield, 1821-1865. Springfield, Illinois: The Abraham Lincoln Association, 1935.
Davenport, Don. In Lincoln's Footsteps: A Historical Guide to the Lincoln Sites in Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky. Revised edition, Trails Books, 2002.
Gary, Ralph. Following in Lincoln's Footsteps: A Historical Reference to Hundreds of Sites Visited by Abraham Lincoln. Carroll & Graf, 2001.
Paull, Bonnie E. and Hart, Richard E. Lincoln's Springfield Neighborhood. Arcadia Publishing, 2015.

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7 Historic Sites Associated with Abraham Lincoln - History

It doesn't impress like George Washington's plantation on the Potomac or Thomas Jefferson's mountain retreat, but Lincoln's home in downtown Springfield has proved irresistible to visitors since it opened to the public. Beautifully restored to its 1860 appearance, the Greek Revival house was Abraham and Mary Lincoln's home for 17 years. In 1844 they bought it for $1,200 and some land from the Rev. Charles Dresser, who performed their marriage ceremony in 1842.


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When the house was built, it was much smaller than you see it today, as shown in this scale model. Mary's niece wrote, "The little home was painted white and had green shutters. It was sweet and fresh, and Mary loved it. She was exquisitely dainty, and her house was a reflection of herself, everything in good taste and in perfect order."

The Lincolns enlarged the house to a full two stories in 1856 to meet the needs of their growing family. You'll find the painted frame building in a shady residential neighborhood with wood plank sidewalks, ideal for a leisurely walk. The four-block area around it is being restored to the same time period by the National Park Service.

Three of the four Lincoln sons were born here, and Edward, the second-born, died here in 1850 at nearly four years of age. When Lincoln won the 1860 Republican Party presidential nomination, he received a delegation of party officials in his parlor.

Although Mary loved flowers, neither she or her husband were known as gardeners or devoted much effort to landscaping the grounds. A long-time neighbor said they never planted trees and only kept a garden one year. Mary's sister, Frances Todd Wallace, apparently was eager to fill this horticultural vacuum, for she often came over to plant flowers in the front yard.

When Lincoln became a presidential candidate the house became a magnet for visitors, parades, rallies and other political festivities. After holding farewell receptions there in 1861, the Lincolns rented it, sold most of their furniture, and entrusted the family dog to a neighbor.


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A popular historic site, the home draws many visitors each year. If you join them, first get a ticket at the Visitor Center, then arrive at the house when your tour is scheduled. Admission is free, but tickets are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Approaching the front door, you will see a replica of the original nameplate.

Also allow enough time to see exhibits in the Arnold House, across the home to the south, and the exhibit by the National Park Service in the restored Harriet Dean house to the west of the home. The Visitor Center also houses a bookstorewith new and hard-to-find Lincoln titles, videos and related memorabilia. It is open during regular Visitor Center hours.

Hours: The Lincoln Home is maintained by the National Park Service and is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed on January 1, Thanksgiving Day and December 25. For more information, including details about special events at the site, call 217/492-4241, or write: Superintendent, Lincoln Home National Historic Site, 413 S. 8th St., Springfield, IL 62703.

Travel Tip: Love fine pastries and French cooking? Head to Incredibly Delicious, a bakery and cafe four blocks south of the Lincoln home visitor center. Enjoy breakfast and lunch in an elegant Italianate setting. In addition, there are several good restaurant options on or near the city square.

Related Reading
Andreasen, Bryon C. Looking for Lincoln in Illinois: Lincoln's Springfield. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2015.
Angle, Paul M. Here I Have Lived: A History of Lincoln's Springfield, 1821-1865. Springfield, Illinois: The Abraham Lincoln Association, 1935.
Davenport, Don. In Lincoln's Footsteps: A Historical Guide to the Lincoln Sites in Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky. Revised edition, Trails Books, 2002.
Gary, Ralph. Following in Lincoln's Footsteps: A Historical Reference to Hundreds of Sites Visited by Abraham Lincoln. Carroll & Graf, 2001.
Paull, Bonnie E. and Hart, Richard E. Lincoln's Springfield Neighborhood. Arcadia Publishing, 2015.
Temple, Wayne C. By Square & Compass: Saga of the Lincoln Home. Mayhaven Publishing, 2002 (revised edition).

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Fort Sumter National Monument in South Carolina

Volunteers dressed as Union soldiers lower the garrison flag at Fort Sumter National Monument during the 150th commemoration of the battle in 2011. Photo by National Park Service.

When South Carolina seceded from the United States in December 1860, Union forces in Charleston found themselves surrounded by enemies. They fell back to Fort Sumter, an imposing structure on an island in the city’s harbor. For more than 3 months, efforts to resupply the Union troops failed as Confederate forces gathered around the fort, preparing for a fight.

The first shots of the Civil War were fired when Confederate batteries opened up on Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861. Union forces returned fire but were cut off and outgunned. After 34 hours of bombardment, the Union troops under Major Robert Anderson were forced to surrender. Miraculously, the only fatalities of the battle were two Union soldiers killed by a cannon explosion during the surrender ceremony.

Visitors today can take a tour boat out to Fort Sumter National Monument to walk the ramparts and see a Civil War artillery shell still embedded in the fort’s wall. Standing where the war started, visitors can feel the power of this place and imagine the dark years that followed the battle.


Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home Cultural Landscape

The Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home is located in LaRue County, Kentucky, seven miles from Hodgensville. The cultural landscape includes the historic tourist area and the adjacent agricultural fields and woodlands. The 228 acre site is a flat valley along Knob Creek with several knobs, or hills, rising steeply nearby.

"The place Knob Creek, I remember well— but I was not born there. My earliest recollection, however, is of the Knob Creek place." Abraham Lincoln, in a letter to Samuel Haycraft, 1860 (NPS Cultural Landscape Inventory)

Restored log cabin at Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home

The landscape also includes two historic buildings and a picnic area along the old Bardstown Green River Turnpike. The Lincoln Tavern is a one-and-a-half story log building, constructed in 1933. The tavern was built to serve motorists stopping by the site and to exhibit Lincoln memorabilia. The second historic building is a single pen log cabin, reconstructed in 1931-33 (from ca. 1800 logs) that replicates Lincoln’s boyhood home. The logs have half dovetailed notching and mud chinking. The cabin once held domestic and agricultural artifacts and is currently being stabilized.

Entrance sign at Knob Creek

The Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home on Knob Creek is locally significant for its role in LaRue County tourism. The site commemorates the iconography of Abraham Lincoln. The landscape has features that contribute to the historic tourist site (1933-1938) and has further significance as the setting of Abraham Lincoln's formative years (1811-1816). Although the original cabin does not exist, the landscape maintains good integrity for the period Abraham Lincoln lived at Knob Creek as well as the commemoration of his early rural life.

The commemorative Lincoln landscape conveys the history of the tourism in LaRue County and includes not only the contributing tavern and single pen log cabin, but additional landscape features. The orientation of the buildings to the highway and the semi circular entrance drive accommodate motorists and highlight the iconography associated with Lincoln. The tavern and cabin face the main road and the drive provides simple, direct access to visitors.

Lincoln Tavern at Knob Creek

The context of Lincoln's early childhood helped to shape the site in the 1930s, but many aspects of the landscape still exist from the time Lincoln lived at Knob Creek. Natural landscape features contribute to the setting that Lincoln once looked out on as a young boy. Knob Creek, the flat valley farmland, and the steep knobs still communicate the feeling and sense of place that Lincoln first experienced.

The rural setting and natural features still convey the character of Knob Creek Lincoln remembered. The road, now US highway 31, is also a contributing historic feature that shaped his worldview. The Bardstown Green River Turnpike was a major route of transportation and Lincoln likely experienced locals and travelers passing by. The landscape of the Boyhood Home conveys the setting and context in which young Lincoln spent his early, formative years and the later commemoration of the site as a tourist destination.


Carl Sandburg’s Home

Carl Sandburg is an American poet who won 3 Pulitzer Prizes. He was born in Galesburg in 1878. In the early 1900s, he was considered to be a major figure in contemporary literature.

The themes of his poems were connected to everything that was unique to America. President Lyndon B. Johnson even declared that,

Carl Sandburg’s childhood home still stands in Galesburg today. It has been declared as the Carl Sandburg State Historic Site and it is operated by a historic preservation agency today.

When I visited the Carl Sandburg Home, I was surprised to see how small it really was. It is only the size of a cottage but there is also a visitor center, a museum, a museum shop, a theater, and the burial site where Sandburg is buried along with his wife.


Walk in Abraham Lincoln’s footsteps 150 years later at preserved sites

Schoolchildren stretch to rub the nose of Abraham Lincoln for good luck, during ceremonies honoring his birthday at the Tomb of President Lincoln on Feb. 12, 2015, in Springfield, Ill.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) was the 16th president of the United States of America. Various sites with a link to him are marking the sesquicentennial of his death with events honoring his legacy.

(Alexander Gardner / Getty Images)

The National Park Service commemorates the future president’s time around Lincoln City, Ind., with its Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, about a three-hour drive south of Indianapolis. This is a reproduction log cabin and homestead located near the original Thomas Lincoln farm.

(Spencer County Indiana / Visitors Bureau)

John Johnson, left, and John Blankenberger are volunteers in the Berry-Lincoln store at Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site in Illinois. Lincoln lived in New Salem from 1831 to 1837.

(Rich Saal / The State Journal-Register)

Tourists visit the Lincoln Home in Springfield, Ill., in this September 1997 file photo. With Springfields scattered across the U.S., the one in Illinois has plenty of competition for claiming the cartoon character Bart Simpson, but it has an exclusive on the nation’s 16th president.

(Chris Young / State Journal-Register)

The Old State Capitol State Historic Site, in Springfield, Ill., was built in 1837-1840, and served as the statehouse from 1840 to 1876. It is the site of candidacy announcements by Abraham Lincoln in 1858 and Barack Obama in 2007.

(Springfield Convention & Visitor )

Figures of the Lincoln family greet visitors as they stream by the “White House South Portico” exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, Ill., on Feb. 10, 2015.

(Ted Schurter / The State Journal-Register)

Visitors step into an exacting reproduction of Lincoln’s White House office at the moment Lincoln has just revealed to his Cabinet his plans to issue an Emancipation Proclamation at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, Ill.

(Ted Schurter / The State Journal-Register)

The War Gallery Scrapbook is an interactive experience using images of the Civil War at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, Ill.

(Ted Schurter / The State Journal-Register)

Kalise Gregory counts the number of soldiers in a photograph as she and her classmates from Laketown Elementary School in Springfield, Ill., explore “Journey Two: The White House Years” at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum on Feb. 10, 2015.

(Ted Schurter / The State Journal-Register)

Divaunte Bagley and Gweneshia Brown, students from East St. Louis, Ill., tour the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum on Nov. 1, 2013.

(Rich Saal / The State Journal-Register)

Erica Liapakis examines a copy of the Gettysburg Address written by Lincoln on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, Ill., during a special evening display on Nov. 18, 2013.

(Ted Schurter / The State Journal-Register)

Kai Takao, 9, of Palatine, Ill., takes a peak at the figure of John Wilkes Booth in the Plaza of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum during a break in his performance with the 4 Strings Attached group at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, Ill.

(Justin L. Fowler / The State Journal-Register)

Ford’s Theatre stands on the east side of 10th Street NW in between E and F streets in downtown Washington, D.C.

(Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

In 1861 John T. Ford leased out the abandoned First Baptist Church on Tenth Street to create Ford’s Theatre, a popular stage for theatrical and musical productions. On April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth during a performance of “Our American Cousin.” The Lincoln Presidential box is upper left in the restored theater.

Located in the Petersen House across from Ford’s Theatre, this is the room where Abraham Lincoln died on April 15, 1865 at the age of 56. The furnishing in this room are not the originals, but are of the period.

Ford’s Theatre’s Center for Education and Leadership of Ford’s Theatre, left, is adjacent to the Petersen House, where Lincoln died.

Lincoln was interred at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Ill. The site of the Lincoln Tomb, now owned and managed as a state historic site, is marked by a 117-foot tall granite obelisk surmounted with several bronze statues of Lincoln, constructed by 1874.

Scouts carrying their troop’s American flags march out from the Lincoln Tomb during the 69th annual Lincoln Pilgrimage, Sunday, April 27, 2014, in Springfield, Ill.

(Justin L. Fowler / The State Journal Register)

Abraham Lincoln’s grave inside rotunda of Lincoln’s Tomb, in Springfield, Ill., on May 5, 2012.

(Raymond Boyd / Getty Images)

The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

(Adam Korzekwa / Getty Images)

An unidentified participant in the Million Man March takes a break from the rally and reads the inscription on the wall of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 16, 1995. Tens of thousands of black men from across America gathered at the base of the Capitol, and the Mall, in a rally of unity, self-affirmation and protest.

The third of four designs for the reverse of the 2009 Lincoln cent in celebration of the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth.

There’s nothing quite like wandering around the spot where a historic event occurred to help the imagination grasp how it all unfolded. Which is why I was standing on one side of the wraparound balcony in Washington, D.C.'s Ford’s Theatre last year, gazing across to the presidential box where John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln before leaping to the stage and freedom.

No wonder Booth broke his leg, I thought. That’s quite a drop.

It wasn’t exactly revelatory, but being able to walk around the theater where that tragic shooting occurred 150 years ago, on April 14, 1865, put those few moments on a human scale and helped make the abstract concrete. As did walking across the street to the Petersen House, where the bleeding and unconscious Lincoln was carried shortly after he was shot, and where he died the next morning.

Lincoln buffs have a range of preserved sites where they can touch the same places that Lincoln did, from his roots in Kentucky to Washington to the Illinois cemetery that holds his body. That so many of those sites have been preserved speaks to Lincoln’s enduring appeal as not only the president who ultimately kept the states united, but as the first of the four U.S. presidents to be assassinated (James Garfield, William McKinley and John F. Kennedy would follow).

But the hagiography surrounding “Honest Abe” also appeals to our sense of what we perceive the nation to be. The overview we all receive as school kids renders him heroic — the Great Emancipator who freed the slaves.

A deeper reading of those tumultuous, bloody days reveals a more nuanced Lincoln, a man open to interpretation. To some, he was a racist who nonetheless believed in the Constitution’s guarantee of rights for all. To others, he was a martyr for freedom and for the country.

Although Northerners credit Lincoln with making the riven country whole, Southern revisionists blame him for the “War of Northern Aggression” and the destruction of the South (never mind that the Confederacy fired the first shots as the states dropped out of the union in the wake of Lincoln’s 1860 election). Booth himself accused Lincoln of tyranny.

And on it goes, each version supported by a small library of research and argument.

Then there’s the publishing legacy. It’s hard to get an accurate count, but some estimates tally more than 16,000 books about Lincoln, more than any other person except Jesus Christ. The Library of Congress’ online catalog lists more than 6,900 books with Lincoln as the subject, compared with more than 2,600 for Kennedy.

The scope of the output makes for an impressive stack. A 34-foot-tall spiral of 6,800 Lincoln books rises inside a staircase at the Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership (an intimidating sight for someone who was then writing about the guy who killed the guy who killed Lincoln was there room for another book?).

Of course, there was more to Lincoln’s life than the presidential years, which Lincoln enthusiasts can follow through their own travels. The trail starts at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace, site of the legendary log cabin in Hodgenville, Ky. (In an unfortunate bit of timing, part of the park is closed for a construction project.) When Lincoln was 7, the family relocated to what is now Lincoln City, Ind., near the Ohio River, where you will find the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial.

Lincoln’s legal and political career took root in Illinois, and Springfield is a go-to spot with the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum and the Lincoln Tomb, from which grave robbers tried to steal the body in 1876, leading cemetery caretakers to temporarily hide it elsewhere on the grounds.

But the Washington area reigns supreme for those pursuing Lincoln history. There’s the white Gothic revival Lincoln Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home, where Lincoln lived for some of the war years, and the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, where the Lincoln family attended services.

Aficionados can sign up for tours that follow the path Booth and co-conspirator David Herold took as they fled Washington for what they hoped would be sanctuary in the Deep South. They made it as far as a tobacco barn near Port Royal, Va., where Herold was captured and Booth shot by Sgt. Boston Corbett, a member of the 16th New York Cavalry. Among the tour stops is the Maryland tavern where Booth and Herold picked up some cached supplies, a place now preserved as the Surratt House Museum.

But the best-known marker anchors one end of the National Mall — the Lincoln Memorial. If visiting Ford’s Theatre puts the assassination on a human scale, then the memorial, with its giant white marble statue of Lincoln in an armchair, does the opposite, reflecting the outsized role Lincoln plays in U.S. history.

And its permanence reinforces something Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton said shortly after Lincoln breathed his last: “Now he belongs to the ages.”

Scott Martelle, a Times editorial writer, is the author of “The Madman and the Assassin: The Strange Life of Boston Corbett, the Man Who Killed John Wilkes Booth.”


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On April 15, 1865, the day President Lincoln died, a group of Springfield citizens formed the National Lincoln Monument Association and spearheaded a drive for funds to construct a memorial or tomb. [3] Upon arrival of the funeral train on May 3, Lincoln lay in state in the Illinois State Capitol for one night. [4] After funeral and burial services the next day, his coffin was placed in a receiving vault at Oak Ridge Cemetery, the site Mrs. Lincoln requested for burial. [3] In December, her husband's remains were removed to a temporary vault not far from the proposed memorial site. The location of the temporary vault is today marked with a small granite marker on the hill behind the current tomb. [5] In 1871, three years after laborers had begun constructing the tomb, the body of Lincoln and those of the three youngest of his sons were placed in crypts in the unfinished structure. [4]

In 1874, upon completion of the memorial, which had been designed by Larkin Goldsmith Mead, Lincoln's remains were interred in a marble sarcophagus in the center of a chamber known as the "catacombs," or burial room. [3] In 1876, however, after two Chicago criminals failed in an attempt to steal Lincoln's body and hold it for ransom, the National Lincoln Monument Association hid it in another part of the memorial, first under wood and other debris and then buried in the ground within the tomb. When Mrs. Lincoln died in 1882, her remains were placed with those of Lincoln, but in 1887 both bodies were reburied in a brick vault beneath the floor of the burial room. [4]

By 1895, the year the State acquired the memorial, it had fallen into disrepair. During a rebuilding and restoration program from 1899–1901, all five caskets were moved to a nearby subterranean vault. [3] Following completion of the restoration, State officials returned them to the burial room and placed that of Lincoln in the sarcophagus it had occupied in 1874–1876. Within a few months, however, at the request of Robert Todd Lincoln, [4] the President's only surviving son, Lincoln's remains were moved to their final resting place – a concrete vault 10 feet (3.0 m) below the surface of the burial room. In 1930–31 the State reconstructed the interior of the memorial in an Art Deco style. Rededicated in the later year by President Herbert Hoover, it has undergone little change since that time. [3]

The Lincoln Tomb was designated a National Historic Landmark on December 19, 1960, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1980.

The tomb is in the center of a 12½ acre (51,000 m²) plot. [3] Constructed of granite from Biddeford, Maine, [6] dressed at Quincy, Massachusetts, it has a rectangular base surmounted by a 117-foot (36 m)-high obelisk and a semicircular entrance way. A bronze reproduction by sculptor Gutzon Borglum of his head of Lincoln in the U.S. Capitol rests on a pedestal in front of the entrance way. Four flights of balustraded stairs—two flanking the entrance at the front and two at the rear—lead to a level terrace. The balustrade extends around the terrace to form a parapet. Originally open to the public, the terrace has since been closed due to safety concerns.

In the center of the terrace, a large and ornate base supports the obelisk. On the walls of the base are 37 hewn stones, cut to represent raised shields, each engraved with the name of a State at the time the tomb was built. Each shield is connected to another by two raised bands, and thus the group forms an unbroken chain encircling the base. Four bronze statues adorn the corners of the latter. They represent the infantry, navy, artillery, and cavalry of the Civil War period. In front of the obelisk and above the entrance stands a full-length statue of Lincoln. [3] The tomb's design architect and sculptor, Larkin G. Mead, designed and executed these carvings and statues. [7]

The interior of the memorial, constructed of marble from Minnesota, Missouri, Massachusetts, Arkansas, Utah, Italy, Spain, France, and Belgium, [3] contains a rotunda, a burial room, and connecting corridors. A down-scaled bronze prototype by Daniel Chester French of his 1920 statue in the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington, D.C., dominates the entrance foyer. The walls of the rotunda are decorated with 16 marble pilasters, which are separated by marble panels. The pilasters symbolize Lincoln and the 15 Presidents who preceded him. [8] The room also contains 36 bronze panels, one for each state at the time of Lincoln's death. The ceiling is of palladium leaf.

Corridors lead from the rotunda to the burial room at the rear of the memorial. Located in niches along the corridor walls are eight statues by prominent sculptors depicting various phases of Lincoln's life. Four bronze tablets on the walls are engraved with the Farewell Address, the Gettysburg Address, a portion of the Second Inaugural Address, and a biographical sketch. Large gold stars in sets of 12 at each corner of the memorial represent the 48 states in the Union at the time of its 1930 redecoration. [3]

The burial room features black and white marble walls and a ceiling of gold leaf. At its center stands the cenotaph, a 7-ton block of reddish marble inscribed with Lincoln's name and the years he lived. It marks the approximate location of the burial vault, which is 30 inches behind and 10 feet below. Nine flags are arranged in a semicircle around the cenotaph. Seven of them—the State flags of Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois—commemorate the homes of Lincoln and his ancestors. The eighth and ninth are the U.S. Flag and the Presidential flag. The inscription "Now he belongs to the ages," reputedly spoken by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton at the time of Lincoln's death, is inscribed in the wall above a stained glass window. [3] Along the south wall of the burial room are four crypts containing the remains of Mrs. Lincoln and three of Lincoln's four sons, Edward, Willie, and Tad (the eldest, Robert Todd Lincoln, is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, alongside his wife and son).

The tomb was built with additional crypts for members of Lincoln's family in addition to the four spaces already used. However, as the remaining members of Lincoln's family chose to be buried elsewhere, the other crypts remain empty.

Also part of the site overseen by the State of Illinois, and a short distance from the tomb, three war memorials have been erected:


Introduction

Signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln on May 20, 1862, the Homestead Act encouraged Western migration by providing settlers 160 acres of public land. In exchange, homesteaders paid a small filing fee and were required to complete five years of continuous residence before receiving ownership of the land. After six months of residency, homesteaders also had the option of purchasing the land from the government for $1.25 per acre. The Homestead Act led to the distribution of 80 million acres of public land by 1900.


7 Historic Sites Associated with Abraham Lincoln - History

The Old Lincoln Courtroom & Museum Commission
101 W. Third St - PO Box 381 - Beardstown IL 62618

** Attn: During this time of the COVID-19 outbreak, we will be closed for a short time for everyone's protection. We hope to see you soon!!

The Old Lincoln Courtroom & Museum in Beardstown is one of the most exceptional sights on the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Trail.

Do you know that the courtroom in Beardstown where Lincoln defended Duff Armstrong in the famous Almanac Trial is the only courtroom where Lincoln practiced that is still used as a courtroom to this day?

There is another exclusive fact associated with that trial and Mr. Lincoln. Visit our Historical Site and find out what that fact is, as well as other facts about our 16th President.

The Beardstown Historical Museum, housed in the Courthouse, has some very fine collections, including historically and culturally significant objects and artifacts relating to the community, the central Illinois region, and our Native American Heritage.

Paula Woods, Chair - 217-323-4514 - [email protected]
Randy Reichert, Secretary - 217-323-4597 - [email protected]
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TOUR INFORMATION: Contact Paula by email or call 217-323-4514.

MEETINGS: We meet the 4th Tuesday of every month, except August and December, at 7:00 pm. The public is welcome to attend!


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