Explore the Park

Watercolor painting of Lincoln home and surrounding houses and street
Painting of the Lincoln Home at Lincoln Home National Historic Site

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Welcome to the Park!

Follow in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln as you explore the area surrounding his home of seventeen years.
As you take a self-guided stroll through the park, you will find outdoor exhibits introducing Mr. Lincoln's neighbors and what daily life was like in 1860s Springfield. Maps of the park can be found on our Maps page.

Outdoor exhibits:

  • The Jameson Jenkins lot, a site of the Underground Railroad
  • Rosenwald House, where Julius Rosenwald, philanthropist and former president of Sears, Roebuck & Company, once lived
  • Various exhibits focusing on Abraham Lincoln, the Lincoln family, and the Lincoln Home along 8th street

Indoor Exhibits

Indoor exhibits are open to the public from 9am - 4:30pm in the Dean and Arnold Houses:

  • The Dean House Exhibit, What a Pleasant Home Abe Lincoln Has, focuses on Lincoln, the Lincoln Home, and the Lincoln family's life in Springfield
  • The Arnold House Exhibit, If These Walls Could Talk, focuses on the historic preservation at the park.

Take a Virtual Tour

Through a partnership with Google Arts and Culture, you can now take a virtual tour around the park.

 

Historic Buildings and Key Points of Interest in the Park

 
1 story light gray house with dark gray trim

The Arnold House


Built in 1839 by Reverend Francis Springer, the Arnold House was sold to Charles Arnold in 1850. Mr. Arnold was a political ally of Abraham Lincoln, as both were members of the Whig political party. Today, the house is open to the public with exhibits highlighting the historic preservation in the park.
 
1 story pinkish house with dark red trim and front porch

The Beedle House


The Beedle House was constructed ca. 1840. In 1860, William H. Beedle and his servant, Kate Tierney, lived at this address. Mr. Beedle was a railroad fireman.
 
2 story yellow house with white trim and a front porch

The Cook House


Constructed ca. 1850s, by 1860, the Cook House was rented by Mrs. Sarah Cook. Mrs. Cook was a widow with several children and rented out some of the rooms of the Cook house. Previously, she operated a photography studio in Springfield.
 
1 story dark gray house

The Corneau House


Constructed ca. 1849, the Corneau House was purchased by Charles Corneau in 1855. Mr. Corneau was a druggist, that era's version of a pharmacist. Like Lincoln, Mr. Corneau was a member of the Whig political party.
 
Two story brown house with green shutters and a small side porch

The Dean House


Constructed ca. 1850s, the Dean House was owned and occupied by Harriet Dean and her son Frederick by 1860. Mrs. Dean was involved in teaching and gardening. Today, the first floor of the Dean House is open to the public, with exhibits about the Lincoln Home and the Lincoln family.
 
Sunflower in full bloom

Heirloom Garden


Located behind the Dean House on its western side, the heirloom garden gives visitors an idea of what types of foods were grown and eaten in the 1860s. In the summer, visitors can see the garden in full bloom and talk with local gardening volunteers who maintain the heirloom garden.
 
2 story reddish-tan house with small porch

The DuBois House


Built in 1859, the DuBois house was the residence of Jesse K. DuBois until 1864. Mr. DuBois was a state auditor and a close friend of Abraham Lincoln, even naming his son after the president.
 
Grass lot within a fence

Jameson Jenkins Lot

In the late 1840s, Jameson Jenkins purchased the Jenkins lot and the home at the site. Mr. Jenkins was a drayman, transporting goods and providing transportation services. The day Lincoln left to Washington D.C., it was Mr. Jenkins who gave Lincoln a ride to the Great Western Depot. Mr. Jenkins was also a conductor of the Underground Railroad.
 
Closeup of the Lincoln Home-a tannish building with green shutters and a porch on the side

The Lincoln Home

Built in 1839 by Reverend Charles Dresser, the Lincoln Home was purchased by the Lincolns and served as their home for the next 17 years. While living there, Lincoln was a lawyer and aspiring politician. It was also where three of his children--Eddie, Willie, and Tad--were born.

 
A long 2 story gray-brown house

The Miller House


Believed to be built around 1850, the Miller House was occupied by Allen miller and his family from 1855 to 1864. Mr. Miller was a wealthy local dealer in leather, stoves and tin.
 
2 story gray-tan house with a porch and green shutters

The Morse House


Built in 1855, the Morse House was home to Mr. James Morse and family from 1855-1880.
 
2 story gray and dark red home with small porch

The Rosenwald House


Noted businessman and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald (1862-1932) lived in this house as a boy between 1869 and 1879. Rosenwald helped rural African American communities in the South build what came to be called "Rosenwald Schools." By 1932, 600,000 African American children benefited from the more than five thousand Rosenwald schools and related facilities throughout fifteen southern states.
 
2 story yellow house with a large porch

The Robinson House


Built between 1863-1866, the Robinson House was the residence of Henson Robinson. Mr. 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.
 
2 story pink and tan house with a porch

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.
 
One story pale green house with a small yard and white picket fence

The Sprigg House


Believed to be built by John B. Weber in 1851, the Sprigg House was purchased by Julia Sprigg in 1853. Mrs. Sprigg was a friend of Mary Lincoln and her daughter cared for the Lincolns' sons. Mrs. Sprigg lived in this house from 1853 to 1869.

Last updated: April 30, 2021

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413 S. 8th Street
Springfield, IL 62701

Phone:

(217) 492-4241

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