Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Lincoln Home National Historic Site
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The only house Abraham Lincoln ever owned is the centerpiece of this four-block historic neighborhood. Lincoln and his family lived in the two-story house from 1844 until 1861, when their address changed to the White House.
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  • Alicia M
    Monticello, Minnesota96 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great stop
    This has changed so much since the 90’s when I was last there. It is free, which is nice. You sign up for a scheduled group tour and if you need to wait you can go through the area with the houses a couple you can go into but it is a nice area to see the history. Our tour guide seemed to have special needs and he did a great job and was funny and informative. We got to see the singers that are there a few times a week and they were great. If your interested in Lincoln history this is a high recommended stop. Our family has made a point to try to see as much Lincoln history as we can and did not regret going.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 17, 2023
  • ChelH
    Grand Rapids, Michigan114 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing!
    This was our second time visiting. We visited six years ago when our kids were much littler. We absolutely love it here. This time around the kids got to play with toys that they would’ve played with back in the day. They also toured the house & met Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln who were roaming around that day and they got to listen to his farewell speech. What an awesome experience!!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 18, 2023
  • Jon H
    Fort Myers, Florida683 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic Presidential Home
    Wonderfully restored and maintained home of President Lincoln during his tenure in Springfield. This is a guided tour of the home, and it is hosted by very knowledgeable volunteers/historians. We very much enjoyed this 'free' tour, thanks to the President's son Robert.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 26, 2023
  • lovetoteach964
    Long Island, New York73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a Visit
    The docent was very knowledgeable. We learned a lot about Lincoln's life pre-Presidency. Stop at the visitor center first to watch a short film, then take a guided tour. There are a couple of other restored buildings at the site as well. It's a great addition to the Presidential Library visit and about 1/2 mile easy walk. Try Obed & Isaaca Microbrewery if it's meal time. Great food even if you're not a beer drinker.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 8, 2023
  • GranniT
    Beloit, Kansas69 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting but rushed
    Very interesting. Tour guide was very knowledgeable. As with the other historical tours we have done this year, felt very rushed to just get through the tour. Frustrating to pay good money to tour something, only to be rushed through so we don’t make “ the next tour” late. Most often we won’t be back to these places again so would love to spend some time looking around
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 18, 2023
  • kates5283
    Cincinnati, Ohio173 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful historical tour!
    My whole family thought this was a great place to visit, but our 9 year old, in particular, was very excited to walk through the house! The only thing is that I wish the tours were just like 5 people smaller. It was hard to see and hear and felt a bit rushed. We thoroughly enjoyed learning about Lincoln's time here, as we have been to his boyhood homesite in Kentucky and learned about his early life. This was nice to see how the Lincoln's lived and the restoration and commitment to keeping things as they were back then is impeccable. Seeing things that actually belonged to the Lincoln family was truly amazing! If you don't have time for anything else in Springfield, stop here.
    Visited April 2023
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Joy R
    Dyersburg, Tennessee33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great disability accommodations.
    Lovely tour. Very impressive with so many original furnishings. JASMINE was so wonderful to us and gave us a private commentary as we went to a separate entrance for my wheelchair-bound disabled adult son. Then we were able to view the upstairs rooms on an iPad. Jasmine told us sign language-interpreted lectures were also available.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 15, 2023
  • jrperkins3
    567 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great historical tour
    This place is free and parking is only $2/hr. Can't beat that. It's not just Lincoln's home, but also basically a whole section of preserved area. Lots of history and interesting details. I was able to do the tour and mill around a little in right at one hour, but you could make a whole lot of a day out of the whole area.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 18, 2023
  • jmsmas
    Illinois320 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic Visit
    This historical spot was absolutely fantastic and a high recommendation if you are in Springfield. We enjoyed looking around the block, additional home museum areas, and visitors center on our own. We took our time and were there for 2 hours and 20 minutes. Parking was $2 an hour in the lot across from the Visitors Center. Our tour guide was awesome! While the tour and area itself are free to visit, the tour guides are not allowed to accept tips due to federal law...something we learned when we tried to tip ours as he was deserving of one.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 24, 2023
  • GiddyUpNGoTravel
    306 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful setting for a walk in time.
    Well worth the entrance fee (it’s free). Tour takes about 15-20 minutes. Rangers took us on both main and upper house levels. Toured seven rooms in the house. Your is basic; not a lot of in depth details. Artifacts are indicative of the correct era. NPS is very strict and respectful in keeping the contents and intercity of this site well preserved.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written October 14, 2023
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,285 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
I have visited the only home that Abraham Lincoln ever owned, at 413 South 8th Street, at the corner of Jackson Street, in Springfield, Illinois, on four occasions. And I never have ceased to be in awe of the place. Imagine, Abraham Lincoln actually lived here. He sat in that chair. He ate dinner at that table. He took a bath in that tub. He slept in that bed. And, behind the house, he used that outside privy. The house, which contains 11 rooms over two floors and has been completed restored to its 1860 appearance, is where Lincoln lived from 1844 to 1861, before becoming the 16th president of the United States. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. His home and the four blocks surrounding the home became a National Historic Site in 1971. The Greek Revival house doesn't impress like Jefferson's Monticello or Washington's Mount Vernon or Lee's Arlington House or Vanderbilt's Biltmore House. But, like Grant's house in Galena, Illinois, it is irresistible to visitors. On the first floor, there is a front parlor, a rear parlor, sitting room, dining room and kitchen. On the second floor, there is Lincoln's bedroom, his wife's bedroom, the boys' bedroom, the maid's bedroom, a guest bedroom and a trunk or storage room. Unfortunately, most of the Lincolns' original furnishings do not survive. A set of stereocards from 1865 were useful for historians to confirm some of the furniture's appearance and provided views of wallpaper, carpeting and drapery.
Written June 11, 2024
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Terry R
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
This is a very interesting and enjoyable tour of not only Abraham Lincoln's home with many of he and his family's original furnishing pieces but also a few other homes in his neighborhood. Very informative. I highly recommend seeing this!
Written June 5, 2024
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Lauraly B
United States34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Excellent historic site. The tour of the Lincoln home was enlightening and educational. Our tour guide was informative and shared the family side of our 16th President. Having the opportunity to step inside their home and see many of their personal possessions is a privilege.
Written June 4, 2024
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Dr_Xaos
Palatine, IL1,213 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
If you have the time, I would highly recommend that you tour the Lincoln Home. The house isn't overly large with only about 9 rooms to the entire building, but there's a lot of antiques and information available. Most of the furniture and items are from that area and era, and many things are Lincoln family artifacts that have been recovered. Most impressive aspect of the tour was how well it highlights Abraham Lincoln as a husband and father, which helps humanize such a legendary man.

Our tour guide was very knowledgeabe and did a wonderful job converying details and answering questions. Tours are free and offered multiple times per day.
Written May 1, 2024
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RebeccaBlasdel
Mountain Home, AR117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Absolute must stop. My tour guide was extremely knowledgeable. He answered every question. Showed me all the authentic Lincoln items. So cool. Parking is on site. I didn’t get to tour the other house’s because of time.
Written April 15, 2024
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Mandy W
Plainfield, IL104 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This is a must see for anyone who loves American history. I have now been here three times (once as a kids then twice with my own kids at various ages). Get there early and go to the visitor center to get a timed ticket; it is free but they sell fast and once they are full for the day, that is it. We went a week before their busy season even starts and we saw folks unable to get in. The visitor center has its own parking lot which is inexpensive but fills up in the afternoon hours. In addition to the ticketed tour, you can walk the street and see multiple homes of Lincoln's neighbors (exteriors) for free any time. There is a movie that runs every 30 minutes in the visitor center that is also worth your time.
Written March 29, 2024
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Dreamer35431558341
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
I'm a lifetime Springfield resident and visited the home several times. I visited today and the had the best tour of the site that I've ever experienced. Out guide, Newlyn, was entertaining and so informative. He made our visit a tremendous experience. He loves his job and it shows. His enthusiasm was contagious.
Written February 8, 2024
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ElaineAndGreg
Chesterland, OH2,991 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Lincoln is such an iconic president that it's hard to remember sometimes that he was a real person, in his case, a successful lawyer and family man. This, the only home he actually owned, is a great reminder of that human side.

The Lincoln home is under the care of the National Park Service. Visiting is free, although parking costs something like $2. It sits in a 4-block historic area that is easy to walk around.

The home itself is focused on his life in Springfield. As you visit you can almost see a less care-worn Lincoln rough-housing with his kids in the living room. This is a nice mid-1800s home that feels like it really was a home, being neither opulent nor rustic.

The guide warned repeatedly that the steps to the second floor were steep and might present mobility issues. We are in our early 60s and had no trouble, but others did seem to have trouble. One simply waited downstairs while we toured the upper floors.

The nearby visitor center has clean restrooms and a gift shop with all kinds of Lincoln-themed items, as well as puzzles.

We have visited several presidential homes, ranging from the famous (e.g. Mt. Vernon and Monticello) to the obscure (Franklin Pierce, Millard Fillmore) and this was among our favorites for letting us see another facet of this great president.
Written February 8, 2024
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Gina P
Columbus, OH2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
If you only have time to do one Lincoln-related thing in Springfield, go to the Presidential Library and Museum. If you have time for two things, go to this too. While the home tour isn't earth shattering, it is interesting, and they make a point of highlighting Lincoln as a a man, husband, and father, rather than Lincoln the politician, since you are seeing his home, not his work.

Most of the neighborhood houses are not open to the public, and the few that are open just have a few displays in them, and the interiors of the homes are not interesting in and of themselves. But it's cool that they have been able to preserve so much of the block, so you can get an idea of what it was like when the Lincolns lived there. Do take a few minutes to stroll the full length of the street.

I recommend trying to go at a non-peak time, as the tour allows up to 15 people, but it must be crowded if it's full. There were four people on my tour, and I can't really imagine how more than six would be able to hear the speaker well.
Written November 28, 2023
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Michael S
Syracuse, NY25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Great example of 19th century life. Interesting and very inspiring. Only 4 stars as it is not for young visitors or though it was easy for anyone who can walk and climb stairs. In order to keep the authenticity, it cannot accommodate those who cannot walk up stairs.
Written November 19, 2023
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