• Inside the Lincoln Sitting Room

    Lincoln Home

    National Historic Site Illinois

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  • Lincoln Home Tours During Busy Season

    Please be advised that tours of the Lincoln home fill rapidly during our busy summer season. We suggest that you visit the Lincoln Home National Historic Visitor Center early in the day for your best opportunity to receive a tour of the Lincoln home.


Nature and Science

Eastern Chipmunk

NPS Photo

To the settlers of central Illinois the mammals of the plains played an important role by providing meat for food and hides for shelter and clothing. Some of these animals such as the American Bison (Bison bison) became completely extinct while others, such as the White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus), have adapted to the changes in their environment and continue to thrive in the area.

When strolling through the historic neighborhood surrounding Abraham Lincoln's home, visitors will often observe Eastern Cottontails (Sylvilagus floridanus), Fox Squirrels (Sciurus niger), and Eastern Chipmunks (Tamias striatus). Occasional sightings have included White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) and Virginia Oppossum (Didelphis virginiana). Several species of mice inhabit the park today and become occasional visitors inside the homes. The remains of three mice were found in the kitchen wall of the Lincoln Home during the 1987 restoration project.

Did You Know?

Arnold House

The Arnold House was once the home of Charles Arnold who was the local county sheriff, a miller, and neighbor to Mr. Lincoln in the 1850s. Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Illinois