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.