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The Lincoln legacy looms large in Springfield, as it should. Abraham Lincoln lived here for 24 years. He practiced law here, married, bought the only home he ever owned, gave legendary speeches and is buried here. An excellent place to start a Lincoln tour is the four-block Lincoln Home National Historic Site, closed to motor traffic with a lovely pedestrian court around the neighborhood showcasing Lincoln's home. At the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, a theater uses high-tech special effects to depict the life of Lincoln from his childhood through his presidential years and his assassination. The First Presbyterian Church ...

The Lincoln legacy looms large in Springfield, as it should. Abraham Lincoln lived here for 24 years. He practiced law here, married, bought the only home he ever owned, gave legendary speeches and is buried here. An excellent place to start a Lincoln tour is the four-block Lincoln Home National Historic Site, closed to motor traffic with a lovely pedestrian court around the neighborhood showcasing Lincoln's home. At the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, a theater uses high-tech special effects to depict the life of Lincoln from his childhood through his presidential years and his assassination. The First Presbyterian Church contains the pew used by the Lincoln family. The Lincoln Depot Historic Site is where Lincoln made his farewell address before leaving to assume the presidency. The Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices State Historic Site is said to be the only remaining place in which Lincoln had law offices. The Old State Capitol State Historic Site was the place for Lincoln's famed "House Divided" speech in 1858. It is also where his body lay in state after his death. Along with the wealth of Lincoln landmarks, Springfield offers many other reasons to visit. It has the oldest continuously occupied governor's mansion in the nation, the wonderful man-made Lake Springfield, the Dana-Thomas State Historic Site with an elaborate Prairie-style house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and a scenic byway of historic Route 66. Two Route 66 not-to-miss spots are Shea's Gas Station and the Cozy Dog Drive In, home of the handy hotdog on a stick.

Jackie Finch
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Jackie Sheckler Finch has written several guidebooks, including The Unofficial Guide to Campgrounds in the Great Lakes States, and four times she was named Travel Writer of the Year by Midwest Travel Writers Association.

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    End of April for the annual Lincoln Pilgrimage