Springfield Illinois, which is the state's capital city, was founded in 1819, and became a county seat in 1823. It became the capital of Illinois in 1837. A good deal of Springfield tourism is centered on President Abraham Lincoln, who started his political career in Springfield Illinois. For example, the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices State Historic Site, located at sixth and Adams Street, is a brick building that was built in 1841. This was where Lincoln and his partner Stephen Logan, practiced law. The building has been restored by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. Today, it is a popular site for Springfield tourism.
The Old State Capital Building is another popular Springfield attraction. It was here that Lincoln made his famous "House Divided" Speech. At the Abraham Lincoln presidential Library and Museum, you can find books, articles and papers that reference Lincoln's life, as well as the Civil War. For a somewhat morbid Springfield attraction, visit the Museum of Funeral Customs, which features exhibits related to the president's funeral.
A considerable amount of Springfield tourism centers on the Dana-Thomas House. In 1902 in Victorian Springfield the socialite and activist, Susan Lawrence Dana, hired a rising young architect from Chicago to remodel her family home. Today, tourists can view one of Frank Lloyd Wright's finest prairie-style homes. The original furniture, art glass doors, windows and light fixtures have been retained.
The Vachel Lindsey House is another popular Springfield attraction. This 1879 birthplace of the native Springfield poet/artist was his only home until his death there in 1931. The house, which was built in the late 1840s, was originally owned by C.M. Smith. Smith's wife Ann was the sister of Mary Todd Lincoln. Both Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln were regular visitors.
Edward's Place also draws a considerable amount of Springfield tourism. It is the oldest home in Springfield. When you visit this magnificent home, you can learn about the life of Benjamin and Helen Edwards. The well preserved Italianate mansion was once a center for social activity in Springfield. Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Douglas and other prominent politicians were entertained. In the warmer weather, the grounds at Edward's place at lavish dinner parties and the grounds played host to many summer picnics and political rallies. Perhaps the most exciting part of your visit to the Edward's house is the chance to see the authentic "Lincoln Courting Couch", where Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd were married.
Springfield travel allows you to take a trip back in time, while exploring important events in American history. When you get tired of learning about history, you can have some fun at the Knights Action and Caribbean Water Park, or take in a film at the authentic Route 66 Twin Drive In Movie Theater.