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(As listed by the
Tourism Bureau of Logan County, March 2007)
Logan County Attractions
A reproduction of the original 1840 courthouse where Abraham Lincoln
practiced law while he traveled the Eighth Judicial Circuit.
Open Tuesday-Saturday. April-October: Noon to 5:00 pm.
November through March: Noon to 4:00 pm. Closed most state
holidays. Open Any Time by Appointment. Reservations are suggested
for groups of 25 or more. Suggested donation: Adults $2, Children
$1 For additional information, contact 217-732-8930 or
One of the only two surviving Eighth Judicial Circuit Courthouses in
Illinois where Abraham Lincoln practiced law. Open
Tuesday-Saturday. March-October: Noon to 5:00 pm. November
through February: Noon to 4:00 pm. Closed: New Years, Martin Luther
King Jr. Day, Presidents and Veterans Days, General Election Days,
Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Groups of 25 or more must have
reservations. Not wheelchair accessible. For more information,
Houses valuable collections of Lincolniana, Illinois, Logan County
History, and American presidential memorabilia. Hours:
Monday-Friday 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Saturday-Sunday 1:00 pm-4:00 pm, open
additional hours by appointment. Closed on Federal holidays. Open
February 12. Contact 217-732-3155 Ext. 295 or email
for more information.
Located on the square in downtown Lincoln, this courthouse was
completed in 1905 and still houses county offices and records dating
to 1839. For operating times and further information, contact
217-732-6400 or 217-732-TOUR.
County Genealogical and Historical Society:
The Genealogical and Historical Society encourages the preservation
of Logan County’s history and maintains a Research Center that
treasures and collects Logan County family histories from Logan
County families. They’re the only Research Center that includes ALL
of Logan County. Their research resources include historical books,
maps, obituaries, cemetery records, marriages, births, family
surname genealogy, and more! Stop by for a visit and enjoy looking
at historical artifacts, including old photographs and museum
pieces, or browse through a book or two. They will even help you
research your very own family history! Be sure to check out the
Veteran’s exhibit, as well as take a look at the new “Abraham
Lincoln Room.” Open: Tuesday-Friday 11:00 am-4:00 pm, and
Saturday 10:00 am-1:00 pm. Phone #217-732-3200
Pulaski Township Historical Society Museum:
This two-story museum features Mt. Pulaski/Abraham Lincoln
memorabilia. It is located on 102- 104 E. Cooke St. Open:
Tuesday-Saturday from noon-4:00 pm. They will also open by special
appointment. For more information, contact
In Flight Museum:
Located at the Logan County Airport, the museum is open to provide
an educational experience with activities built around aviation.
They provide tours of the museum, flying events at the airport,
meetings, and aircraft/vehicle maintenance. Guided tours are
scheduled Monday-Friday 9:00-4:00 pm. A one-week notice is
required. Open: Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am-4:00 pm. No set
admission charge, but donations are appreciated. Call 217-732-3333
for more information.
A beautiful family farm located on 700 acres of secluded lawns,
woodlands, pastures, and open fields. Historic tours of the Gillett
Family Home, Barns, and Chapel can be arranged. Abraham Lincoln
sites on the property add additional interest. They accept private
bookings at both the main house and the three-bedroom guesthouse.
The privately owned chapel is also available for weddings. Special
events and receptions can be held in the gardens and courtyards.
For reservations, contact Lisa Pasquesi at 217-947-2346 or find
additional information at
Prairie Frontier Archeological Museum:
Features one of the largest single collections of pre-Civil Was
archeological artifacts in the Midwest. On display are a wide range
of authentic frontier relics from the late 1700’s and early 1800’s.
Also visit the Bluestem Bake Shop, featuring traditional baked
goods, soups, and sandwiches. Located in the town of Elkhart on 109
Governor Oglesby Street. Open: Wednesday through Sunday, 10
am-4 pm. For more information, contact 217-947-2522
Public Library and Museum:
Home to both a library and a museum, the Atlanta Public Library and
Museum offers a variety of items telling the history of the area.
The octagonal-shaped building is listed as a national historic site.
Items displayed include war paraphernalia and farming tools. The
library is closed Sunday and Mondays.
Located at Race and Arch Streets Atlanta, IL, 61723. Contact
217 648-2112 for more information.
Built in 1904, the J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator is now the oldest
wooden grain elevator in the state. This structure is one of the few
of its kind to be registered as a historic site. Today it is home to
a museum. Open: June to August from 1 pm to 3 pm on Sundays
or by appointment. Located in downtown Atlanta.
Pig-Hip was once a restaurant, and in 2003 it reopened its doors as
a collectibles museum. It features porcelain collectibles of the
historic Route 66 landmarks, newspaper clippings and more about the
building and the road. Open: 9:00 am-5:00 pm Monday-Sunday
and by appointment for group tours.
Located at 101 West Oak Street Broadwell, IL, 62634. Contact
217-732-2337 for more information.
604 Broadway, Suite 1, Lincoln, IL 62656. Office Hours: Mon
– Fri 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. Membership Rates: $32 per family per
year. For more information on the YMCA and their programs, please
contact: 217-735-3915 or
100 Block of Union St., Lincoln, IL 62656. Come visit this
powerfully moving park, dedicated to the Veterans that have served
our country in times of conflict and in times of peace. Currently,
there are approximately 2000 bricks that have been dedicated to past
and present veterans. Also included at the park is the “Avenue of
Flags” with ten aligned U.S. flags and one larger U.S. Flag with
POW/MIA flags as well. For more information, please contact the
Lincoln AMVETS Post #71: 1417 North Logan St., Lincoln, IL 62656 Or
Central Illinois Attractions
New Salem State Historic Site:
Located in Petersburg, this is a preservation of the authentic site
of the frontier village of New Salem, home to Abraham Lincoln during
the 1830’s. Features historic workshops, tours, musical programs,
story telling, museum displays, etc. Open: Wednesday through
Sunday (Nov. 1-Feb 28 8:00 am-4:00 pm and March 1-October 31 9:00
am-5:00 pm). Free with donations (suggested $2 adults/$1
children). For more information, contact 217-632-4000
The 117-foot tall granite tomb contains the bodies of Lincoln, his
wife Mary, and three of his four sons.
Lincoln statuary. Open: Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from
March through October and until 4 p.m. from November through
February. Closed on major holidays. If you visit at 7 p.m. on
Tuesday evenings from June through August, you can see a
flag-lowering ceremony enacted by volunteers in Civil War uniforms.
Groups of 25 or more should make reservations. Call 217-782-2717
for further information.
The Lincoln home, the centerpiece of the Lincoln Home National
Historic Site, has been restored to its 1860s appearance, revealing
Lincoln as husband, father, politician, and President-elect. No fee
for the tour.
available in the visitor parking lot on a daily basis. The charge,
payable at a self-operated fee machine, is $2.00 per hour. For
Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum:
212 North Sixth St., Springfield, IL 62701. Museum Open:
Monday-Sunday 9:00 am-5:00 pm and Wednesday 9:00 am-8:30 pm. Closed
on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day. Library has
no admission charge. Museum admission fee is: Adults (16-61 years of
age) $7.50, Senior (62 years of age and up) $5.50, Children (5-15
years of age) $3.50, Military (id required) $5.50, Students
(school/college id required) $5.50, Children under 5 are free. For
more information, contact 217-558-8882 or
[Text copied from file received from the Abraham Lincoln
Tourism Bureau of Logan County]