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Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park & Memorial
2676 S Lincoln Memorial Pkwy Decatur, Illinois 62522
The Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park and Memorial is a 162- acre state park located on the Sangamon River in Macon County. This was Abraham Lincoln's first home in Illinois and where he spent the winter of the deep snow. The park offers hiking, canoeing, picnicking, fishing, bird watching, recreational activities and a historical glimpse to the past through QR codes, kiosks, and memorials. The park is open May – November and is a day use park. No camping is allowed.
Lincoln-Era Log Cabin Village
1419 Bonansinga Dr. Quincy, Illinois 62301
The Village consists of seven original cabins located on Quinsippi Island and built in the 1800’s, including the 1850 Clat Adams Log Cabin dedicated to Adams, who was a riverboat captain and storekeeper in Quincy. Some of the cabins have been refurbished and professionally restored by the Friends of the Log Cabins group.
1 Henry Street Alton, IL 62002
A member of the Illinois State Legislature at the time, Lincoln criticized Illinois Auditor James Shields' method of collecting taxes. Pretending to be a widow from the "Lost Townships," Lincoln wrote a series of letters to the editor of the Sangamon Journal making satirical allusions to Shields. Mary Todd and her friend Julia Jayne joined in the ruse by writing a letter containing vicious personal attacks, calling Shields a fool and liar. Shields challenged Lincoln to a duel when he learned of Lincoln's complicity in the letter writing. Feeling the entire situation ludicrous, Lincoln nonetheless followed custom and chose an island across the river from Alton as the site for the duel on September 22, 1842, with "Calvary broadswords of the largest size" as the weapons of choice. As Lincoln's long arms swung the broad- sword at a branch on a nearby willow tree, Shields wisely decided to settle the disagreement like gentlemen. The site marker can be found along the riverwalk, across from the Riverfront Amphitheater, looking out on the Mississippi River.
Logan County Courthouse
601 Broadway St. Lincoln, Illinois 62656
Built in 1905, this 3 story, stone, domed structure is the historic icon and center of the Downtown District of Lincoln. It still remains the active courthouse and Logan County Seat.
Lincoln Rallies the People Statue and Interpretative Panel- This statue and panel were erected in 2015 to commemorate the speech delivered by Abraham Lincoln on October 16, 1858 on the Courthouse lawn. This speech took place during his campaign for U.S. Senate, the day after the final Lincoln-Douglas Debate in Alton, IL
Moore Home State Historic Site
1442 Lincoln Hwy Rd Lerna, Illinois 62440
Located just one mile north of Lincoln Log Cabin, the Moore Home is the 1860’s home of Abraham Lincoln's stepsister, Matilda Hall Moore and the location of President-elect Lincoln’s last visit with his Coles County family on January 31, 1861.
New Philadelphia Townsite National Historic Landmark
Broad Street Barry, Illinois 62312
New Philadelphia, founded in 1836, is believed to be the first town in the United States legally registered and platted by an African American. Frank McWorter, a slave in Kentucky, bought his own freedom and that of immediate family with surplus funds earned from mining niter and processing saltpeter. He subsequently moved to Illinois and purchased the acreage that would become New Philadephia, selling lots to both African Americans and European Americans. With proceeds from those sales and other sources, McWorter eventually bought the freedom of a dozen more family members.
The rural community flourished at first, situated near major crossroads at the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. But New Philadelphia fell into decline when the railroad bypassed it in 1869. Dissolved under an official order of 1885, over time the abandoned town reverted to open fields.
Today you can visit the townsite of New Philadelphia. The site includes interpretation and an augmented reality app that allows visitors to explore New Philadelphia as it looked in the 1830's and 1840s.
P.A.S.T. of Union County Heritage House Museum
102 S. Main St. Jonesboro, Illinois 62952
The furnished home exemplifies fine living in a long-ago era. It features information about the Third Lincoln-Douglas Debate, held in Jonesboro in 1858. Other historic items and pioneer families are also featured. Costumed guides will escort visitors through the home, and special programs will occur through-out the week-end. Please check the Facebook page for up-to-date information.
Spring Hill Cemetery
301 E. Voorhees St. Danville, Illinois 61832
Opened in 1864, Spring Hill Cemetery is one of the oldest and largest cemeteries in Vermilion County. Gravesites related to Abraham Lincoln abound including those of Miriah Vance, his maid in Springfield, IL; General John Charles Black, Civil War Medal of Honor recipient; Colonel Oscar Harmon, friend of Lincoln and commander of the 125th Illinois Volunteer Infantry; Oliver Davis, judge, lawyer, and friend; and Dr. William Fithian, friend and client to name a few.
Open dawn to dusk. An interpretive guide to the cemetery can be picked up at the office open Monday-Friday from 9 am to Noon and 1-3 PM.