Lincoln Home National Historic Site
My friends? No one, not in my situation, can appreciate my feeling of sadness at this parting. To this place, and the kindness of these people, I owe everything?
An emotional Abraham Lincoln opened his farewell remarks to the citizens of Springfield, Illinois with these words on February 11, 1861.
Lincoln was leaving his friends and neighbors of twenty-four years, and the home that he and his family had lived in for seventeen years, to serve as president of a nation on the verge of Civil War.
The Lincoln home, the centerpiece of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, has been restored to its 1860s appearance, revealing Lincoln as husband, father, politician, and President-elect.
It stands in the midst of a four block historic neighborhood which the National Park Service is restoring so that the neighborhood, like the house, will appear much as Lincoln would have remembered it.
We are pleased to have you visit the Lincoln Home website. Please use it to learn more about Abraham Lincoln, to take a virtual tour of the Lincoln Home, and to plan your visit to Lincoln Home National Historic Site.
National Park Service
Car – Interstate 55 provides north-south access to Springfield: Visitors heading south on I-55 should use exit 98B at Clear Lake Avenue. Proceed west toward downtown and turn left on Seventh St. The Visitor Center is located five blocks south on the left side of Seventh Street. The visitor parking lot is past the Visitor Center on the left. Visitors traveling north on I-55 should use exit 92A at Sixth Street, which is Business I-55, and proceed about four miles north to downtown. Turn right on Capitol Avenue and right again on Seventh Street. The Visitor Center is located on the left side of Seventh Street. Interstate 72 provides east-west access to Springfield: Visitors traveling west will exit onto Clear Lake Avenue, proceed west toward downtown and turn left on Seventh Street. The Visitor Center is located five blocks on the left side of Seventh Street. Visitors traveling east should use exit 97B at Sixth Street (Business I-55) and proceed north toward downtown. Turn right on Capitol Avenue and right on Seventh Street. The Visitor Center is located on the left side of Seventh Street.
Public Transportation – Springfield is serviced by several airlines, Greyhound Bus Lines, and Amtrak. Taxis are available at the airport and train station. The Amtrak train station is located seven blocks from the Site and the Greyhound bus station is located on the east side of the city and is not within walking distance to the Site. Springfield is located 200 miles southwest of Chicago, Illinois and 100 miles northwest of St. Louis, Missouri. Public bus transportation is available Monday through Saturday. A trolley service to eight historic sites and attractions is provided on a seasonal basis for a fee.
Trolley tickets can be purchased at the Visitor Center Museum Shop.
Lincoln Home National Historic Site
413 South Eighth Street
- “Lincoln Home National Historic Site (U.S. National Park Service)”. Accessed May 17, 2020. Link.
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- Carlyle Lake
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- Dam West Day Use (IL)
- Dam West Rec. Area (CAMP AND DAY) (Il)
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