This charming little river town is one of the oldest in Illinois, first settled in 1819 – just one year after Illinois became a state. In the heart of this community nestled on the shores of the Illinois River, you'll find the Beardstown Courthouse. Here Abraham Lincoln the lawyer argued many court cases, including the famous "Almanac Trial" – where Lincoln used the Farmer's Almanac to prove his theory in a murder trial. During the Black Hawk War, Lincoln came to Beardstown to be installed as a Captain of the Sangamon County Company. These are just a couple of the Lincoln stories you'll find in Beardstown.

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Traveling to Beardstown
Main St. and Jefferson St. Beardstown, Illinois 62618

Wayside Exhibit

Looking for Lincoln wayside exhibits tell the stories of Lincoln’s life and times in Illinois.  Each wayside exhibit tells a unique Lincoln story and a local story.  Many of the waysides share little known stories about Lincoln and the individuals he interacted with.  There are over 260 Looking for Lincoln waysides in the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area.    

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