The Law and Lodging

During his years traveling the Eighth Judicial Circuit, Abraham Lincoln was the overnight guest of many DeWitt County residents.  As a frontier lawyer, he spent several months per year away from home while making his legal rounds.  For travelers spending the night in various DeWitt County private homes. taverns, and hotels, the accommodations varied considerably...  

John and Ann Richter, united in marriage in 1820, were natives of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  In 1830, the Richters took up residence in Springfield, Illinois.  They moved to Marion in 1840, just one year following the organization of DeWitt County.  During his early years in Marion, Mr. Richter was engaged in the mercantile business and held the offices of postmaster and coroner...

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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Address: 120 Springfield Street De Witt, Illinois 61735


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