Springfield, the capital city of the state of Illinois is a place of utmost significance for American history-buffs. This is the place where the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln lived and worked in before he was elected as the president. It is also the final resting place of both Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln. If you are a history enthusiast, and are visiting Illinois, we recommend that you book a flight for Springfield. Have a look at some of the attractions which are significant to the life of Abraham Lincoln.

Lincoln Home National Historic Site

There is perhaps no better place to start the tour than Lincoln Home National Historic Site, which is a small district of about 13 buildings. The tour also includes the residence of Abe and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln, which they purchased, in 1844. There are a number of park rangers who can take you for a free brisk tour to the home of Abraham Lincoln, which includes showing the room where Abe’s son, Edward died and details about the household, including their dog, Fido. There is also a visitor centre which features an interesting film based on the Springfield days of Lincoln, where Richard Frederick “Fritz” Klein, plays the character of Lincoln. Fritz Klein is a local impersonator who impersonates the high-pitched nasal voice of Abraham Lincoln, which is closer to the original voice, than the macho, baritone boom that is generally portrayed in the films.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum 

The entry tickets for visiting the outstanding Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum cost, $12, but compared to the wonderful experience, the tickets are worth every penny. The museum features various outstanding films based on or themed around Abraham Lincoln, his life and times, including one which admits how the legend of Abraham Lincoln is often exaggerated. The exhibits also trace his life by combining priceless historical artefacts and storytelling techniques and some comic relief put in through cartoon sketches. Remember to take a camera with you to get yourself photographed with the wax figures of the Lincoln family outside the recreated façade of the White House.

Lincoln Tomb

Situated at the Oak Ridge Cemetery, the Lincoln Tomb is a colossal 117-foot memorial which serves as the final abode for Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln and three of their sons. The epitaph on the tombstone includes the nicknames of their three sons, Edward ‘Eddie’ Baker Lincoln, William ‘Willie’ Wallace Lincoln and Thomas ‘Tad’ Lincoln’.

Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices State Historic Site

Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices State Historic Site is the place, where Abraham Lincoln once worked as a lawyer before becoming the President of USA. It is said that he practiced law from 1843 to 1952 on the 3rd floor of the building. The place has been restored and maintained by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. You can enjoy a video tour of the rooms.

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