Edwards Place Historic Home, Springfield

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Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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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  • Eileen was a wonderful and knowledgeable guide. Very interesting house and artifacts. You can see the Lincoln courting couch and they also have a vertical piano.  more »
  • We just had our wedding ceremony at Edwards Place and they were fantastic to work with. Very flexible with requests and prompt in responses to emails and calls. The venue presents a stunning setting with the rich colors and antiques. Our guests were wowed by it. I highly recommend working with them!
  • So amazing how much they care about the arts in Springfield!

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