Historic & Educational Sites

Abe Lincoln's Talking House Tour

Self-guided driving and walking tour of the sites and homes in Pittsfield with Abraham Lincoln history. Tune your car radio in to the indicated FM radio station at each stop and listen to a brief story of Lincoln's history. There are also signs in front of each stop along the tour.

*This is the Pike County Visitor's Center and the starting point for the Talking House Tour.

Pittsfield Historical Walking Tour

The Lincoln wayside exhibit and the refurbished William Watson Hotel are just two of the stops on this self-guided walking tour through Pittsfield, IL. The majority of the central part of town is listed as a Historic District on the National Register. The Walking Tour brochure is available at the Visitor Center.

*This is the Pike County Visitor's Center. Pick up the Walking Tour brochure here.

New Philadelphia/Free Frank McWorter

Frank McWorter was a Kentucky slave who purchased his own freedom and and then founded New Philadelphia, Illinois in 1836 for the purpose of establishing a new, and integrated, community. He sold property in New Philadelphia to other freed slaves and to white and used the proceeds to buy his family out of slavery. The New Philadelphia town site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 2009.

Woodlawn Farm

This home is the showcase homestead of Jacksonville's Underground Railroad Network and former slaves were shown to freedom through this home. Tours given by docents in period dress. Suggested donation.

Summer Hours*
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

*Call or check website for beginning dates of tours.

Underground Railroad Driving Tour

Jacksonville was a hub for the Underground Railroad in the mid-1800's and has at least nine documented sites related to this journey of freedom. To download a brochure and a map of the sites, click on the "Maps and Travel" link at the top of their website. Although most of the sites are private residences, many can still be seen from this driving tour.

Elijah Iles House

Oldest house in Springfield. Contains original siding, interior wood work, flooring, walls and hardware. Elijah Iles was Springfield's first merchant and a friend of Abraham Lincoln. The Springfield Museum is located on the lower level along with a collection of Barringer furniture & accessories. A voluntary donation of $3/person is suggested.

Designated a Lincoln Site.

Tours - April thru October
Wednesday & Saturday: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Dana-Thomas House

This house was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1902 for Susan Lawrence Dana. The home contains the largest collection of site-specific, original Wright art glass and furniture. The 12,000 sq. ft. home contains 35 rooms over 3 main levels and 16 varying levels. Suggested donation.

Open for tours
Wednesday thru Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.*
*Last tour at 3:45 p.m.

Camp Butler National Cemetery

Veterans and their dependents are now buried at this National Cemetery which was once the site of a Union Army training camp and Confederate prison. Over 25,000 individuals, including over 1,700 Union Confederate soldiers, are buried here.

Visitation Hours
Daily: 7:30 a.m. to sunset

Office Hours
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Clayville Historical Site

Clayville Historical Site and the Clayville Trading Post are open to the public for free tours. Check their website for special events.

April 1 thru September 30
Tuesday thru Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Edwards Place Historic Home

Edwards Place was home to Attorney Benjamin Edwards. The 4500 sq. ft. mansion has been newly restored to the way it would have looked in 1858. The tour will include viewing the "courting couch" on which Abraham Lincoln & Mary Todd sat while courting.

Designated a Lincoln Site.

Hourly Tours
Tuesday thru Friday: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Illinois Executive Mansion

The Illinois Executive Mansion has been home to Illinois governors and their families since 1855 and is the 3rd oldest continuously occupied governor's mansion in the United States. The mansion was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. All tours are free & open to the public. Walk-in's welcome during scheduled hours.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tuesday & Thursday: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Illinois State Capitol

The first legislative session was held at the Illinois State Capitol in 1877 after the state outgrew the space at the Old State Capitol. The building combines Renaissance Revival with Second Empire style and is topped with a 405-ft. dome. Visitors can watch Illinois politics in action when the legislature is in session.

Call for further information. Click on the link for tour information.

Illinois State Library

The Illinois State Library is the main resource for the state government and has a collection of more than 5 million items. The library subscribes to several electronic databases and services, allowing patrons access to thousands of additional resources. It also serves as a regional federal documents depository and houses more than 185,000 maps. The Illinois Authors Room holds an extensive collection of first-edition books by Illinois authors.

Monday thru Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site

Lincoln's New Salem is a reconstruction of the village where Abraham Lincoln spent the early part of his adulthood. Although he never owned a home here, he was a store clerk, split rails, enlisted in the Black Hawk War, was a postmaster and deputy surveyor, and was elected to the Illinois General Assembly in 1834 and 1836. Visit the website for a complete list of events, including candlelight tours and theater performances.

Designated a Lincoln Site.

Wednesday thru Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Call to confirm hours)

Lincoln Tomb & War Memorials State Historic Site

The Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site is the final resting place of Abraham Lincoln, his wife Mary Todd, and three of their four sons. The public receiving vault is also located at the site. At the entrance to the tomb is a bronze bust of Lincoln where visitors stop to rub the nost of the statue for good luck. The cemetery is also home to the Illinois Korean War Memorial, the Illinois Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Illinois World War II Veterans Memorial. Visit the website for a schedule of special events and services.

Designated a Lincoln Site. The Lincoln Tomb was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.

Lincoln Tomb
Daily: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
War Memorials
April 1 thru August 31 - 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
September 1 thru March 31 - 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
See website for cemetery hours.

Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Take a step back in time on this guided tour of the only home that the Lincoln's ever owned. Actual Lincoln family furnishings and period artifacts are displayed in an authentically reproduced setting. A free tour ticket is required and you must take the guided tour (no self-guided tours are allowed.) Tickets are available at the Visitor's Center directly in front of the Lincoln Home. Tours fill up quickly during the summer months so please plan your day accordingly.

Designated a Lincoln Site.

Daily: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
CLOSED January 1, Thanksgiving Day and December 25

The Lincoln Depot

Admission is free to the depot which was opened in 1852 by The Great Western Railroad. The depot was the last site that President-elect Abraham Lincoln stood in Springfield before heading to Washington, DC. After several different owners and uses, the depot now houses a self-guided museum on the first floor while the Noll Law Office resides on the second floor.

Designated a Lincoln Site.

Monday thru Friday: 10:0 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday & Holidays: Contact for Availability