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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 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.

Date of experience: June 2018
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.

Date of experience: May 2018
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.

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank ritas586
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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!

Date of experience: May 2017
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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.

Date of experience: September 2016
2  Thank Aerowing
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