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Lincoln Home National Historic Site

413 South 8th Street, Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Springfield, IL 62703, USA

Lincoln Home National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park Service, is located in downtown Springfield, Illinois. The site preserves a four-block 1860s neighborhood. At its center stands a two-story brown house, where Abraham Lincoln and his family lived for 17 years. It was the only home Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary owned. From here, Lincoln left for Washington, D.C., to become the 16th President of the United States. The home, restored to its 1860s appearance, tells of Lincoln's life as a husband, father, attorney and politician, and his emergence as both a national leader and international symbol of democracy. Exhibits in the neighborhood and structures tell more about the Lincoln family and the environment within which they lived. When Lincoln left Springfield for the last time, he said: "To this place, and the kindness of these people, I owe everything."


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Visitors heading south on I-55 should use exit 98B at Clear Lake Avenue. Proceed west on Clear Lake Avenue towards downtown. Clear Lake will merge into Jefferson street. Continue to follow Jefferson west until you reach Seventh Street. Turn left on Seventh Street. The Visitor Center is located five blocks south on the left side of Seventh Street [half block south of Capitol Avenue]. 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.

Visitor Services

Visitor Center information desk, restrooms, museum shop, exhibits, wheelchairs for loan, Junior Ranger programs for children.

Regular Events

February 12: Lincoln Birthday events

Available Interpretation

Historic House tour, Exhibits, Film, Publication

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Admission Fee

Parking fee in lot $2.00, park entrance is free


Open: Daily, 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. last tour at 4:00 P.M.



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