Our second destination was to visit Abraham Lincoln’s House in Springfield, Illinois. You have to get a FREE ticket at the Visitor Center and make sure you arrive 5 to 10 minutes before of your scheduled tour. Tickets are first-come, first-serve basis so plan your visit accordingly.
Before entering the house, the park rangers / tour guide will discuss some important matters and the do’s and don’ts: any kind of food and beverage were not allowed to bring inside, no gums, no flash photography, no touching of decorations, leaning on the wall is not allowed and do not step beyond that blue line. Because the House was built during 180-ish so the materials were very antique and sensitive.
You can also see other restored houses like the Arnold House and Harriet Dean house. The Lincoln Home is open daily from 8:30 am to 5 pm and inside the Visitor Center you can buy memorabilia, books and videos. There is also a movie presentation inside about Abraham’s life.
According to National Historic Site Illinois, Lincoln’s home was opened to public in 1887. His house was resided on the corner of Eighth and Jackson Streets. This was also where He lived when during his career as a lawyer and became a politician. Lincoln bought the house for $1,200 and the house had 12 rooms on two floors. His son Robert Todd Lincoln donated the house to the State of Illinois in 1887 and with one condition that the property will be restored and maintained open to the public with no charge.
Lincoln lived a simple life during those years. His daily routine was to chopped wood, lit fires in the morning, milking his cows, and went to work. He would also provide a legal counsel to some needy in the remote areas.
Inside the house: Sitting Room and Receiving Hall
On this photo, you’ll see the beauty of the house where decorations were color coordinated and wall papers were very vintage and Victorian. The family spent their happy days and nights at the Sitting Room were children play games, read books and viewing photos on the stereoscope (yeah, it’s like the 3D viewer on our time!).
On the other side of the room, there was a receiving area. This where the family welcome their guests and one of the largest room. Lincoln hosted several parties and gatherings.
Abraham and Mary had their own rooms. Usually Abraham work late at night and He don’t want to disturb his wife. The eldest child, Robert had his own bedroom and the younger ones Willie and Tad used to slept on a trundle bed at Mary’s room.
Lincoln’s kitchen was very small and you’ll see a new cast iron wood burning stove and a small working table.
The Dining Table
Outside the House/ Neighborhood
Lincoln family had friends in the neighborhood. Mary used to be good friends with Julia Sprigg.
It was my first time to visit an actual house of a late President of the United States. There were a lot of information about Lincoln’s home and discoveries that made his tragic life became meaningful to everyone.
Lincoln Home National Historic Site- 413 S 8th St, Springfield, IL 62701