Things to Do: Tours Things To Do

Tours: Self-Guided

1908 Race Riot

A tragic series of events in Springfield's history led to the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909. The story of the 1908 Race Riot and its victims is told through a self-guided, eight-marker tour, beginning at the corner of Seventh and Jefferson Streets.

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A Journey Through Lincoln's Life

From the beginning of Lincoln's life in central Illinois through this tragic return to the city he called home, this tour takes you full cycle.

Points of interest include:

  • Lincoln's New Salem
  • Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices
  • Old State Capitol
  • Lincoln Ledger
  • Lincoln Home and Neighborhood (National Historic Site)
  • Lincoln Pew
  • Lincoln Depot
  • Lincoln Tomb

Walking Tour of Town

See all the city sites that make Springfield such a great family vacation place. You'll get a real feeling for the people and spirit of our community while taking in the political and historical sites.

The itinerary includes:

  • Lincoln Home and Neighborhood (National Historic Site)
  • Lincoln Depot
  • Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices
  • Old State Capitol
  • Illinois State Capitol
  • Illinois State Museum
  • Frank Lloyd Wright's Dana-Thomas House
  • Vachel Lindsay Home

"Here I Have Lived" Exhibits

View over 40 outdoor interpretive exhibits placed throughout the downtown area to experience Springfield as Abraham Lincoln knew it. Each exhibit is intended to capture a moment in time for Lincoln and how he was affected by the people, places and events he encountered in his hometown. Each story is accompanied by graphics or photographs and a medallion that is symbolic of that particular story. Visitors are encouraged to collect rubbings of each medallion.

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Exploring the Historic Homes of Springfield

Springfield is home to some very interesting historic houses. You'll have the chance to see several in this architecturally and historically fascinating tour.

Included are:

  • Frank Lloyd Wright's Dana-Thomas House
  • Edwards Place
  • Lincoln Home (National Historic Site)
  • Executive Mansion
  • Vachel Lindsay Home

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