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An Interesting Piece of History

A couple blocks south of Lincoln's home is the Elijah Iles home, the oldest existing home in... read more

Reviewed September 11, 2018
Beatriz121
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Wisconsin
Another must see!!

What an awesome piece of history is preserved here!!! Tour guides are very knowledgeable about the... read more

Reviewed July 21, 2018
Kathi B
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Elkhorn, Wisconsin
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Reviewed September 11, 2018

A couple blocks south of Lincoln's home is the Elijah Iles home, the oldest existing home in Springfield. We got there at 11:45 a.m. on a Saturday and had to wait until noon when it opened. The docent did a great job explaining the history of the home (it has been moved several times before getting to the 7th St. location) and pointing out interesting artifacts within the home including an oil portrait of Elijah Iles, an inlaid table, and a large armoire. Because of my husband's health, we had to cut short our tour of the 1st floor because he really wanted to see the watch and clock collection on the lower level. As we headed down the stairs, I was picturing a cluttered workbench with lots of clock parts piled up. Was I wrong! The collection of watches, clocks, and unique time pieces was beautifully arranged on the wall and in glass cases. We watched a short video about the Springfield Watch Co. and then had the pleasure of meeting the elderly gentleman who collected the items. He, too, was a wealth of information and was obviously pleased to be able to share his knowledge.

Thank Beatriz121
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Reviewed July 21, 2018

What an awesome piece of history is preserved here!!! Tour guides are very knowledgeable about the history of this location and the city!!! Very awesome tour, thank you so much!!!

Thank Kathi B
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Reviewed July 6, 2018

It appears that many people pass this site by...as there were very few visitors. And, passing this by is a mistake. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and provided great details. Many items in the home are original to the home.

Thank JodieLovesSun
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Reviewed June 23, 2018 via mobile

The tour is free and takes about 30-40 minutes depending how long you poke around in the basement and how many questions you have. It’s a well preserved house with interesting history. There is a watch/clock museum in the basement which is worth looking at.

Thank ml08c
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Reviewed May 30, 2018 via mobile

This was an interesting place to visit with lots of Springfield history. The tour lasted about 20 minutes. Our tour guide did an okay job but seemed like she may be new and not real sure how to answer questions. The house is only open on Saturday and Wednesday afternoon.

Thank Kelli0023
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Reviewed May 30, 2017 via mobile

Well maintained & preserved old house. Lots of history about Springfield. Home of one of Springfield's Founding Fathers, Elijah Iles. Oldest standing home in Springfield. Free admission.

1  Thank Rita S
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Reviewed May 7, 2017 via mobile

Yes, it was interesting.
Alot of information from the 2 guides.
1 guide upstairs, 1 guide downstairs...
But the best part of the tour, was the separate exhibit down in the basement.
It wasnt part of the normal house tour.
We went down stairs and the older gentleman seemed surprised we came downstairs...
His name is Farrel Gay, and he is a retired businessman from Springfield. He is a watch collecter, and just an incrediable wealth of knowledge about watchs, and the history of the Illinois Watch Co.
My wife and I spent more time downstairs speaking with him, than we did on the actual house tour.
It was a pleasure to see his collection, and listen to him recollect the history, and speak with him in general!

2  Thank Scott D
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Reviewed October 25, 2016 via mobile

This home is located about two blocks south the the Lincoln home visitor center. It's a little know place that's full of Springfield history. It's not open all year so check before going. I was alone a felt like I was given a VIP tour. Lots of original pieces in the house. There's two floors to visit. In the bottom floor (basement) is a watch museum that's loaded with rare and interesting time pieces.
I urge anyone who's visiting Springfield to visit the Elijah home. It's so close to the Lincoln home that's it's worth the walk.

2  Thank Aerowing
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Reviewed August 26, 2016

This is one of two houses you can go inside in this areas attraction, Lincoln's being the other, but unlike the Lincoln's house, you can go on your own inside this one, which was one of his immediate neighbours. Worth a visit.

3  Thank D0dge51
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Reviewed July 15, 2016

We decided to visit here after we found that another place was closed. It was a great choice. When we got there Mr. Lincoln had just started talking about Gettysburg We sat in on it and were very impressed with the talk. The impersonator, Fritz, was fantastic. He resembled Lincoln more than any we have seen. Right down to the mole on his right side. He does this at many of the Lincoln sites during the week. There is a brochure with the times and places. Our tour guide was Larry. What a wealth of info. We must have been there for at least 3 hours. Not only did he talk about Lincoln and the place we were visiting but he talked about many other things and we added a lot to the conversation. We then went downstairs to see the clock/watch exhibit. The person putting it on, Farrell Gay, was there and we got a lot of info. On our way back to our camper we happened upon the old Illinois watch factory he had told us about. This is a must stop for anyone visiting Springfield, Il.

4  Thank Clarence D
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