Lincoln Home National Historic Site

The Lincoln Home National Historic Site preserves the only house that President Abraham Lincoln ever owned. It is located in downtown Springfield, Illinois, and has been restored to the way it was in 1860. President Lincoln and his wife, Mary, lived here for 17 years before Lincoln became president. It started out as a one-story house, and the Lincolns added a second story to accommodate their growing family. Three of their sons were born in the house. Today, the site includes two other historic houses and a visitor center, encompassing four and a half blocks.

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Lincoln Home National Historic Site

At the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, you can take a guided tour of the Lincoln home. Admission is free, and you can get tickets in the visitor center. You can also see exhibits about Lincoln in the Dean House and the Arnold House. There are several other historic houses in the park, such as the Jameson Jenkins lot, which was a stop on the Underground Railroad. In addition, the site offers living history demonstrations and other events from time to time.

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How To Get To Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Take I-72 into Springfield and take the exit for IL-97. Follow IL-97 west to North 7th Street. Go south on North 7th Street; just after East Capitol Avenue, turn left into the Lincoln Home National Historic Site.

The visitor center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in winter, which runs from Labor Day to Memorial Day, and 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in summer, which is Memorial Day to Labor Day. It is open every day except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.


426 South 7th Street, Springfield, IL 62701

Fee: Entry fee $0

Fee: Parking (per hour) $2.0

Fee: Parking (per hour with the America the Beautiful Pass) $1.0

The Lincoln Home National Historic Site is a wonderful place to visit if you want to learn more about Abraham Lincoln and what life was like during the time he lived at the home. Since it is right in downtown Springfield, you will be able to visit many other attractions, shops, and restaurants while you are there. It would be fun to take an RV trip to visit this site because there are many campgrounds near Springfield where you could stay and enjoy the Illinois countryside before driving into the city to see the attractions.