I recently went to Springfield Illinois and visited the home of President Abraham Lincoln and his family. The Licoln home is now owned by the national parks service and is free of charge to tour. They do charge for parking in the parking lot next to the visitors center but when we stopped the machine was broken and they just asked that you make a small donation at the visitors center. The two blocks around The Licoln home have been restored to how they would look in the time that the Lincoln family would have lived tnere. Most of the houses in these two blocks are the actual homes that were there at the time and they have beenr restored. There are a couple of the other homes you can walk in a see but a lot of them are used as offices by the parks service now. There are plaques outside each home telling who lived there and how they were connected to the Lincoln family.
The Lincoln home is free of charge. You pick up your ticket at the visitors center and then walk to the home across the street from the Lincoln house. A park ranger meets with the tour group in this house and explains a bit about the house and the Lincoln Family. One of the interesting things that is explained is that after PResident Lincolns death the home was transfered into Robert Lincoln's (eldest son of the Lincolns) name. Robert rented the property out and found out that the people renting the home were charging tourist to walk through the home. Robert Lincoln did not like this and soon after sold the property to the state of Illinois for $1 and with one condition...that no one be charged a fee to view the home. That is why the home is free of charge to tour today.
The tour last for about a half hour. Your tour group enters the front door (the original front door to the home BTW) and you walk into the two parlors where the Lincoln's would great their guests. You then go into the dinning room and on into the family room. From the family room you work your way up the stairs (original stair railing also) into the guest bedroom, President Lincoln's bedroom, Mary Lincoln's bedroom, Willie and Tad's room and the hired girls bedroom. You then are led down the back stair case into the Kitchen then outside onto the back porch.
Most of the furniture inside the home is the original furniture that the Lincoln's owned including Mr. Lincoln's writing desk in his bedroom that he wrote many of his famous speeches at.
If you like history this is a wonderful educational home to visit. It was also the home of one of the greatest men in US history. A home where President Lincoln used to wind down and play with sons. Infact 3 of his 4 sons were born in this home and one passed away here. You can feel the historical memories in this house the moment you lay eyes on it.