Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area

The 12 room, Greek Revival home of Abraham Lincoln was built in 1839 and expanded in 1844.
ThiS house in Springfield, Illinois was Abraham and Mary Lincoln's home for 17 years.

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Quick Facts

The Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area, the only heritage area named for an American President, is home to a very unique collection of American history, surrounding one of America’s most revered Presidents. It is most closely focused on the 30 years Lincoln lived and worked in central Illinois, raising his family and pursuing his passion for the law and politics. During this time, he was unwittingly preparing himself to become the President who would hold the Nation together during a time of unprecedented challenges.

The Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area was enacted by Congress and signed by the President on May 10, 2008. The legislation designates the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition, a nonprofit 501c3 corporation, to manage the national heritage area. Both the coalition and national heritage area cover 42 counties of central Illinois and share a mission to preserve, interpret and promote the heritage and culture of the area, in the context of Abraham Lincoln’s life in Illinois. 


The Heritage Area includes the following sites:

Last updated: July 23, 2019