Abe Lincoln Home/Museum/Tomb

Trip Start May 27, 2009
Trip End Sep 19, 2013

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Flag of United States  , Illinois
Monday, September 28, 2009

In 1844, Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln purchased their one-and-a-half story cottage home in Springfield, Illinois. The Lincoln's eventually expanded their home to a twelve-room, two- story home to accommodate four sons and Mrs. Lincoln’s love to entertain. It was the first and only home the Lincolns ever owned and where they resided for seventeen years. It is said that these were the best years of Abe Lincoln’s life. This is where Abe revealed himself as husband, father, politician, and President-elect.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum provides an emotional, evocative and immersive journey through Lincoln’s life.  It portrays Lincoln’s pre-presidential and war-torn presidential years through the use of original artifacts and modern multi-media interpretative elements; a special effects theatre; a Holavision production; and a gallery displaying priceless Lincoln artifacts (security cameras and alarms are everywhere). Unfortunately, cameras are not permitted in the museum except in the Plaza.

 Abraham Lincoln, his wife and three of their four sons are buried in Oak Ridge cemetery in Springfield Illinois. Their eldest son, Robert is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Dedicated in 1874, the tomb is constructed of brick sheathed in granite. At the center of the tomb is an obelisk that rises 117 feet, surrounded by four Civil War Union services – infantry, artillery, cavalry, and navy. At the tomb entrance is a bronze marble head of Lincoln.
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