Lincoln Home National Historic Site
The Lincoln Home National Historic Site is a memorial to the 16th president of the United States. It is based around the house that Lincoln and his family lived in from 1844 - 1861 while he was a lawyer in Springfield, IL. It also preserves eight blocks surrounding the house to give a sense of what the neighborhood looked like in Lincoln's time there.
The home was originally built in 1839 as a cottage. Lincoln moved into the house in 1844 and remodeled and enlarged the building at various times before leaving for Washington in 1861. In 1887, Lincoln's son Robert deeded the home to the state with the provision "that said homestead shall be, forever, kept in good repair and free of access to the public." The home became a National Historic Site in 1972.