Lincoln Home, Abraham Lincoln
The home that most people think of when they think of Lincoln is the log cabin, and there certainly is a log cabin that you can visit in Knob Creek, KY, where Lincoln was born. But it’s fake and kind of unsettling. There’s no better way to learn about our 16th president than to visit the Lincoln House. Bought in 1844, the Illinois house was the one Lincoln ever owned. From it, he was elected to Congress and eventually the Oval Office.
The house itself has a surprising amount of original furnishings and artifacts. The tours are a little cheesy, but the tour of Lincoln’s life isn’t limited to his house; the entire four blocks surrounding it are part of the historic site. The houses have been restored to their 19th century appearance, and within walking distance are Lincoln’s law offices, the Old State Capitol where he served as State Legislator, the Lincoln Depot where he left the city for his 1861 Inauguration, and the Lincoln Tomb, where the famous president was buried after his assassination.
Local tip: The house was donated to the State of Illinois by Lincoln’s son under the condition that it would always remain free and open to the public, but parking will still cost you $2.
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