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(As listed by the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County, Sept. 6, 2007)

Logan County Attractions


Postville Courthouse:  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.


Mt. Pulaski Courthouse:  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, contact 217-732-8930.


Lincoln College Museum:  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.


Logan County Courthouse:  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.


Logan 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


Mt. 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


Heritage 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.


Atlanta 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.


J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator:  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.


Lincoln YMCA:  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


All Veterans’ Park:  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 217-732-8829


Central Illinois Attractions

Lincoln’s 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.

Lincoln’s Tomb:  The 117-foot tall granite tomb contains the bodies of Lincoln, his wife Mary, and three of his four sons. Features famous 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.

Lincoln’s Home 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. Parking is 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 Visitor Information, contact 217-492-4241 ext. 221.

Abraham 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]

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