Get to know the Lincoln family at Lincoln Home National Historic Site

This modern photograph features the Lincoln home draped with patriotic bunting.

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Get to know the Lincoln family at Lincoln Home National Historic Site.

Before Abraham Lincoln became President, Savior of the Union, or the Great Emancipator, he was an everyday man living in Springfield Illinois –he was a father, husband, neighbor, and lawyer.

A trip to Lincoln's home of seventeen years reveals this more personal, more ordinary, side of the man who would guide the nation through the turbulent Civil War years as the 16th President. Visitors to Lincoln Home National Historic Site can walk through his historic neighborhood and talk to living history interpreters about life in Lincoln's time, hear stories of the mischief caused by Willie and Tad Lincoln, learn whether Mr. Lincoln liked dogs or cats better, and, most importantly, visitors learn about the place that the Lincoln family called "home."

The Lincoln Family home - at the corner of Eighth and Jackson Streets - provides a step back in time to the 1860s. Come and tour the family home for free, view the exhibits, watch the park video, and earn a Junior Ranger badge! Tour tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis from the Visitor Center and tours run daily from 9am to 4:30pm.

We invite all of you to discover the everyday side of Abraham Lincoln with a visit to Lincoln Home National Historic Site!

Last updated: June 1, 2015