If you need to choose just one place to visit on our Illinois Author Adventures trail, don’t miss the Abraham Lincoln home in Springfield. Though his roots are in Kentucky, the Lincoln family eventually moved to Springfield, Illinois, when he was a youth. Springfield is the state capital and is comprised of approximately 115,000 residents. In recent years, its population, as well as the overall population of Illinois, has been declining.
Born in 1809 (the same birth year as Edgar Allan Poe), Abraham Lincoln was the son of a poor farmer. Though he did not have the means to attend college, he trained himself to be an attorney. He later became the 16th president of the United States (1861-1865), known for his leadership during the Civil War. At the age of 56, he was assassinated by gunshot in 1865 by actor John Wilkes Booth. His birthday, February 12, was designated as a national holiday. Read about the history of the holiday here: Constitution Center.
Abraham Lincoln was an avid reader and writer. He especially enjoyed reading the works of William Shakespeare. Watch a video about this literary landmark here: Lincoln Home.
The Lincoln Home loaned many of Abraham Lincoln’s lifetime items for an exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, in the summer of 2013. The exhibit included his stovepipe hat, personal gifts given to the Lincolns during his presidency and even locks of hair. The photo of the bust of President Abraham Lincoln on this page was taken at that exhibit. Now those items and more are back on display again at the Lincoln home in Springfield.
Also see our page on the Civil War Museum in Pennsylvania.
The Lincoln Home is the fifth stop on our Illinois Trail!