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.
The Sprigg House
The Sprigg House was constructed about 1851 by John B. Weber. Mrs. Julia Sprigg, a widow, purchased it in 1853 for use as a residence for herself and her children. While living in the house, Mrs. Sprigg became close friends with neighbor Mary Lincoln. The Lincolns' youngest son, Tad, was a frequent visitor to the Sprigg house.
During Abraham Lincoln's long absences while on the judicial circuit his wife Mary found companionship with the women of the neighborhood like Mrs. Sprigg. It is known that Mrs. Sprigg's daughter cared for the Lincoln's sons. Mrs. Sprigg later corresponded with Mary in the White House. She lived in the home until 1869.
Did You Know?
Lincoln insisted on having the 1864 election in the midst of war. "You can not have free government without elections...if the rebellion could force us to forgo a national election, it might fairly claim to have already conquered and ruined us." Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Illinois