Lincoln Historic Neighborhood
Lincoln Historic Neighborhood Springfield Reviews
Lincoln's Springfield Home May 09, 2010
Going to the Lincoln Home Neighborhood is like stepping back in time. The neighborhood has been restored to the era of when Abraham Lincoln lived here. In the meantime, the city of Springfield has grown up around it (as evidenced by the Hilton Hotel in the background).
There are several homes that have been restored, and visitors are able to tour the Lincoln family home. Tickets are required, but they are free at the information desk. I did not tour the home; several school groups were there, and I did not want to be lumped in with them. The National Park Service operates the tour of the national historic site.
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best to go early Jul 24, 2010
Tours for the Lincoln Home are free, but you have to get tickets at the visitor center for a tour time. If you just want to wander the neighborhood, you don't need tickets or a guide.
The visitor center has a large table showing a model of Springfield and sites important to Mr. Lincoln. There were informative signs to read and then you could push buttons and little lights would light up showing the different features.
The only way to tour the Lincoln home is with a guided tour by a park ranger. The home was restored to how it might have looked during Lincoln’s time. After the tour you can wander around the neighborhood. The homes have been restored and you can wander through some of them.
Many stops in the neighborhood have a post with a number you can to listen to with an audio tour. You can even call with a cell phone and listen to the audio tour by phone. There was a lot of information given over the phone when I called, so you can spend a lot of time here if doing the audio tour. Or you can just wander through. There was even some characters in costume wandering the streets and interacting with the visitors.
I was told this and the Old State Capitol are two sites you can't miss while in Springfield. Indeed, it was interesting and I learned a lot about Lincoln's life here.
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