A Little Time and a Keyboard: President's Day Weekend in Springfield, Illinois! {Road Trip Idea}

President's Day Weekend in Springfield, Illinois! {Road Trip Idea}

Saturday, January 16, 2016

The Lincoln Family at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. Image via Visit Springfield.
President's Day will be here before we know it! Abraham Lincoln called Springfield home for 30 years, so what a wonderful place to visit for the long weekend! Fans of Lincoln will definitely be in heaven exploring Springfield's 14 Lincoln-related sites.

Sites include:
  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum: Amazing artifacts, multimedia exhibits, interactive displays and more tell Lincoln's life story.
  • Lincoln Home National Historic Site: Visit the only home Lincoln owned. He lived here for 17 years.
  • Old State Capitol: The Old State Capitol is where Lincoln tried cases, gave speeches, researched in the law library and more. His body laid in state in the Representatives Hall May 3-4, 1865.
  • Edwards Place Historic Home: 1833 Italianate mansion that was a social center for antebellum Springfield and welcomed guests such as Lincoln, Stephen Douglas, David Davis and more notables.
  • Elijah Iles House: The Iles House is the oldest in Springfield and one Lincoln frequented.
  • Lincoln Depot: The depot from which president-elect Lincoln left for Washington, DC.
  • Lincoln Family Pew: The Lincoln Family Pew rests in the First Presbyterian Church.
  • Lincoln Ledger: Lincoln's original ledger with Springfield Marine and Fire Insurance Company is on display during banking hours at the downtown Springfield Chase.
  • Lincoln Tomb: Oak Ridge Cemetery where Lincoln was laid to rest is one of the most visited in the nation, second only to Arlington.
  • Lincoln’s New Salem: Near Springfield, walk through the reconstructed village where Lincoln split rails, clerked at a store, served as a Postmaster and more.
  • Looking for Lincoln markers and exhibits
  • Lincoln: From History to Hollywood exhibit at Union Station.

Lincoln's birthday on Friday, February 12 will be especially fun with visitors at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum with a day full of living history characters, musicians and music. Special exhibits from the Lincoln vault will also be displayed. The Old State Capitol will feature an Abraham Lincoln Symposium with two special speakers. The Lincoln Tomb will have a wreath laying and speakers on February 12.

Springfield provides a fun, educational and meaningful way to enjoy the long President's Day Weekend!

For more, check out Visit Springfield, Illinois.

Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. All opinions are 100% my own. I just thought Springfield would be a great idea for President's Day Weekend!

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