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(As listed by the Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County, May 1, 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 or


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. 


Old Gillett Farm:  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


Under the 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 or


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.


Pig Hip Museum:  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.


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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