For 17 years, Abraham Lincoln called Springfield, Illinois his home. Now, Lincoln’s historic two-story Greek Revival house offers visitors the opportunity to explore the furnishings, documents, and family artifacts that shaped his early political career and family life.
Walking through Lincoln’s Springfield home provides an intimate glimpse into the lawyer and future president’s daily life. Shortly after meeting his wife, Mary Todd in Springfield in 1842, they settled down and purchased this home in 1844. This was the only home that Abraham Lincoln ever owned. While living at this residence, Lincoln was able to pursue a successful law career and run for president. His wife Mary birthed three of their children inside the home and even lost one, Eddie at the age of four to tuberculosis in 1850. The Lincoln’s lived at this home until he took office as the 16th President of the United States in 1861.
After the Lincoln’s moved to Washington D.C. and even after the President’s death, the home was rented out to tenants. However, the tenants would charge admission to the home to see the Lincoln house and would in time, leave the home in need of repairs. The home remained in the Lincoln family until 1887, when Abraham’s son, Robert Todd Lincoln donated the house and surrounding property to the state of Illinois. He hoped that the state would preserve his family residence and allow the public to view at no admission.
The home contains an impressive collection of original Lincoln family items. Replica period furnishings coupled with the Lincolns’ possessions bring a vivid sense of authenticity to the historic residence. With its artifacts and stories, the Springfield home highlights how Lincoln’s early years in Illinois prepared him for the monumental challenges he would one day face as president. Walking in his footsteps through the thoughtfully restored rooms allows visitors to connect with one of America’s most revered leaders.
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