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    Lincoln Home

    National Historic Site Illinois

Lincoln Neighborhood

Lincoln-Home

Take a Virtual Tour

Learn more about Abraham Lincoln's political and legal careers, his home, and his family in the new Lincoln Home Virtual Museum Exhibit.

Take a tour of the house and learn more about what has happened to Lincoln's image and his home since the family left for Washington in 1861.

 

Welcome to the Neighborhood!

Follow in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln as you explore the historic neighborhood surrounding his home of seventeen years. Restored to its 1860 appearance, the four-block area contains twelve historic structures dating back to Lincoln's time.

As you stroll through the neighborhood, learn about Mr. Lincoln's neighbors and daily life in 1860s Springfield. The Dean House and the Arnold House are open to the public and contain exhibits on the Lincoln Home and the restoration and preservation of the neighborhood.

 
The Shutt House

Built prior to 1859, the house was rented to lawyer George Shutt in 1860. Although a neighbor of Abraham Lincoln, Shutt supported Stephen A. Douglas in the presidential Campaign of 1860. More...
 
The Sprigg House

In 1853, this house was purchased by Julia Sprigg, a friend of Mary Lincoln. It is known that Mrs. Sprigg's daughter cared for the Lincoln's sons. Mrs. Sprigg lived in the home from 1853 to 1869. It is believed that the home was built in 1851 by John B. Weber. More...
 
The Lyon House

The Lyon House was constructed ca. 1850s. In 1860, the house was occupied by Henson Lyon, his son Thomas, Huldah Burge and her three children, and Miss H. M. Sotches. Lyon was a retired farmer and land speculator. There are no historic photos of this property. The Lyon House was restored prior to NPS acquisition. The Lyon House contains Park Administration offices. More...
 
The DuBois House

Built in 1859, the DuBois house was the residence of Jesse K. DuBois until 1864. DuBois was State Auditor and a neighbor of Abraham Lincoln. He was also a close friend of Lincoln, and named his son after him. More...
 
The Corneau House

The Corneau House was constructed ca. 1849. Charles Corneau was a Springfield druggist. A portion of the Corneau fence appears in an 1860 photo of the Lincoln home. Restoration was completed in 2002. The property includes a reconstructed barn and privy. More...
 
Robinson House
The Robinson House

Built between 1863-1866, the house was the residence of Henson Robinson, a neighbor of Abraham Lincoln. Robinson was a partner in a Springfield business which sold stoves, furnaces and other tin ware. The business manufactured cups and plates for soldiers during the Civil War. More...
 
Beedle House
The Beedle House

The Beedle House was constructed ca. 1840. In 1860, William H. Beedle and his servant, Kate Tierney were living at this address. Beedle was a railroad fireman and he rented the house. More...
 
The Cook House

The Cook House was constructed ca. 1850s with subsequent additions in the 1880s. In 1860, the house was rented by Mrs. Sarah Cook, a widow, who lived there with five family members and two renters. More...
 
The Arnold House

Charles Arnold, A political ally of Abraham Lincoln, resided in this house from 1850-1879. He served twice as the County Sheriff on the Whig Ticket. The house was used as a school and in September of 1841, the Evangelical Lutheran congregation was organized at this location. Today, the house is open to the public with exhibits highlighting its preservation. More...
 
The Dean House

The Dean House was constructed ca. 1850s. In 1860, the house was owned and occupied by Harriet Dean, a neighbor of Lincoln who was involved in teaching and gardening, and whose only son, Frederick, had recently moved to St. Louis. There are no historic photos of this property. The Dean House contains exhibits on the first floor. More...
 
The Morse House

Built in 1855, the James Morse House was home to Mr. James Morse and family from 1855-1880. The house is on the grounds of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site and portrays an example residential construction featuring 2 stories above grade as is exhibited in associated structures in the area including the domicile of the Lincoln family. House is currently being restored. More...
 

The Lincoln Home

The house that would become the future Lincoln Home was built in 1839 for the Reverend Charles Dresser. In May 1844, the Lincolns purchased the Dresser home and lot for $1500. Abraham, Mary, and Robert, born August 1, 1843, moved into the comfortable home. In 1846 the first remodeling of the home occurred. More...

 
Miller House
The Miller House

This home is named for Allen Miller, a contemporary and neighbor of Abraham Lincoln. Mr. Miller was a wealthy local dealer in leather, stoves and tin. Miller, his wife and three children lived in the home from 1855 to 1864. It is believed the home was built around 1850. The simple but comfortable wood framed house was typical for a successful Springfield businessman of that era. More...
 
Heirloom Garden
Heirloom Garden

What did Abraham Lincoln eat? Find out by exploring the neighborhood's new Heirloom Garden located behind the historic Dean House. Learn about 1860s gardening and food production and meet with local gardeners all summer long. Come grow with us!
 
Lincoln Neighborhood

Did You Know?

Photo of President Lincoln with beard

In 1860, eleven-year-old Grace Bedell wrote to Lincoln suggesting he grow a beard to “look a great deal better.” Lincoln met Bedell on his way to Washington, giving her a hearty kiss to thank her for her idea. Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Illinois