No matter if you've been here for years or you're looking at Springfield homes for sale for the very first time, it can be invigorating to look at the area like a tourist would. And as you and our real estate agents know, the history of Springfield is intertwined with the biography of Abraham Lincoln.
If you want to learn more about the man behind the legend, Springfield is the place to be.
Although Lincoln was actually born in Kentucky, much of his political career took place in Illinois.
To discover the life of Lincoln, you can follow his story with a variety of local landmarks.
Let's take a closer look:
- Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum – 212 North 6th Street, Springfield, IL 62701
A tour de force of historical education and world-class interpretation for audiences of all ages, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is one of the foremost cultural institutions in Illinois. Here, you can discover a variety of permanent historical exhibits, full-size replicas of key moments from President Lincoln's life, and original artifacts that have been painstakingly maintained.
- Lincoln's New Salem – 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, IL 62675
A state park located just outside Springfield and not far from Petersburg homes for sale, you can see the world as President Lincoln did at Lincoln's New Salem. A careful reconstruction of the village called home by Lincoln as a young man, it gives visitors the opportunity to follow in his footsteps. See exactly what young Lincoln's life would have been like as he served as a store clerk and later as postmaster.
- Abraham Lincoln Home National Historic Site – 426 South 7th Street Springfield, IL 6270
One of the most popular entries on the National Register of Historic Places, the Abraham Lincoln Home National Historic Site is open every day from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offers free admission. The Lincoln home has been totally restored and looks as it did in 1860. National Park Service Rangers will be glad to take you on a full tour and offer insights into Lincoln's many roles within the community.
- Old State Capitol – 1 Old State Capitol Plaza, Springfield, IL 62701
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and encouraging donations of your choosing, the Old State Capitol is a grand and sweeping building in the Federal architecture style that recalls classical Greece. Here, Lincoln laid in state as an estimated 75,000 people paid their respects.
- Lincoln Tomb – 1500 Monument Avenue, Springfield, IL 62702
On the grounds of Oak Ridge Cemetery, the Lincoln Tomb is the resting place of President Lincoln after his assassination by John Wilkes Booth in 1865. Lincoln's spouse Mary Todd-Lincoln and most of their many sons are also interred here. The National Lincoln Monument Association, still the caretaker of the Tomb to this day, was formed on April 15, 1865, the very day Lincoln passed on.
Now that you've learned a bit about Springfield's history, are you ready to check out present-day Springfield? Contact us to learn more about the best Springfield, Illinois real estate opportunities.