Edwards Place Historic Home, Springfield

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Edwards Place must-see site for anyone who loves old houses, antiques, archaeology, or Abraham Lincoln!

This stunning antebellum mansion tells the story of social and cultural life in Abraham Lincoln’s Springfield, Illinois.

Edwards Place was the home of attorney Benjamin Edwards, youngest son of Governor Ninian Edwards and brother-in-law of Mary Lincoln’s sister Elizabeth. In the years before the Civil War prominent citizens such as Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas were entertained at lavish dinner parties and legislative receptions.

Your guided tour of Edwards Place will take you back in time to experience social and family life in 19th century Springfield. This 4500 square foot mansion features nine rooms restored to their mid-19th century appearance, complete with original and local furnishings. You’ll see historic treasures including a rare piano which belonged to a colorful early Congressman, important portraits of 19th century Springfield residents, and artifacts from Abraham Lincoln’s in-laws, including the “courting couch” on which Lincoln and Mary Todd sat during the early days of their romance.
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  • In our travels from coast to coast, my wife and I love to visit old homes and cemeteries and battlefields and other historic sites. Edwards Place isn't a popular go-to destination in Springfield... 
    In our travels from coast to coast, my wife and I love to visit old homes and cemeteries and battlefields and other historic sites. Edwards Place isn't a popular go-to destination in Springfield...  more »
  • Edwards Place is owned by the Springfield Art Association. You begin your tour at the Associations entrance, where your docent dramatically leads you from their working area through a large portal.....  more
    Edwards Place is owned by the Springfield Art Association. You begin your tour at the Associations entrance, where your docent dramatically leads you from their working area through a large portal.....  more »
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  • Great Unique Experience! I feel like this is a hidden gem in Springfield. We had a wonderful detailed tour with very accommodating nice people. One of the few historical houses you get to walk through as it was without parts being roped off. A lot of Lincoln aspects. Love that he had spent time in the house & includes some Lincoln artifacts like dishes he dined with, the courting couch & a piano that most likely played at Lincoln & Mary's wedding. Any history or Lincoln fan should take the time for a visit. Beautiful one of a kind experience
  • So many great activities for the whole family.

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