Lincoln Depot - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

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About Lincoln Depot

The Lincoln Depot holds a special place in American history. This humble structure was the original station used by Abraham Lincoln on his journey to Washington DC as he began his term as the United States' 16th President. As part of the Underground Railroad, this small building was also a portal that welcomed former slaves to their freedom. The importance of this momentous station is not lost on historians, who continue to honor and discuss its impact on Civil War history.

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Lincoln Home

Lincoln Home

0.3km from Lincoln Depot

The Lincoln Home National Historic Site  is a must-visit for history buffs and those wishing to learn more about Abraham Lincoln. Built in 1839 by the former President, the 12-room Greek Revival style house served as his family's home until 1861 when he moved to the White House. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and underwent extensive renovation in the late 1970s to restore it to its original condition.

Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Lincoln Home National Historic Site

0.38km from Lincoln Depot

The Lincoln Home National Historic Site is a lasting tribute to our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. The home itself has been carefully preserved and contains original furnishings that belonged to the Lincolns during their time living there. On the grounds of the site, visitors can take a self-guided tour to discover the rich history of the Family's life there, followed by a visit to the Visitor Center which provides interactive exhibits and audio-visual interpretations of their iconic story.

Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices State Historic Site

The Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices State Historic Site offer a unique insight into the legal careers of two ambitious and influential lawyers: Abraham Lincoln and his law partner William Herndon. Constructed in 1841, the offices served as a primary professional address for Lincoln from 1843 to 1852. This was the time period during which he developed a stellar reputation as an exceptional attorney while representing businesses, landowners, and individual clients throughout central Illinois.

Elijah Iles House Foundation

Elijah Iles House Foundation

0.56km from Lincoln Depot

Elijah Iles House Foundation is an important historical monument. The foundation is a testament to both the rich history of the region and the diligence of those who have worked to keep the structures and stories of the past alive. The Greek Revival house, originally built by Elijah Iles, still stands today as a reminder of 18th century pioneer life. In 2012, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places owing to its unique architecture and unique story.

Old State Capitol

Old State Capitol

0.57km from Lincoln Depot

The Old State Capitol is an exquisite example of history and architecture. Built between 1837 and 1840, this building served as the legislative home of our state's nascent government until the capital moved to its current location in 1839. Visitors can explore the limestone structure to admire features like its beautiful cupola, a grand staircase from its days as the state capitol, and numerous exhibits that share its rich history.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, is a must-see for anyone interested in the life of one of America's greatest presidents. Visitors can explore more than 50,000 artifacts that tell the story of some of Abraham Lincoln's most iconic moments, such as life on the frontier, his rise to power, the Civil War and ultimately to his assassination and legacy. The museum offers daily presentations and interactive exhibits showcasing many significant moments in American history.

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Sangamon County

Sangamon County

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Sangamon County, Illinois, is a vibrant and diverse area with much to offer to both locals and visitors alike. Located in the central part of the state, it enjoys easy access to nearby major cities like Chicago and St. Louis. Boasting a wide range of outdoor activities such as golfing and fishing, sporting events at the University of Illinois' Springfield campus, fine dining options, shopping galore, museums and landmark sites, Sangamon County has something for everyone. Whether exploring its wo

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