Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Trip To Springfield, IL
Just a quick post to tell you about a recent trip we took to Springfield, IL to visit the A. Lincoln historical sites.
Dona's sister Ann flew to Wisconsin to spend some time with us and we took a 3 day weekend to Springfield. Our group included; Dona, Ann, Connor and myself. We got off to a pretty good start by being able to leave town by 10:00. The only significant stop that we made on the trip was in Lincoln, IL. Here we saw one of the court houses where he practiced law while he was a Circuit Rider. This was very interesting and well worth a stop for anyone planning on visiting during this bi-centennial celebration.
When we got to Springfield we visited the Lincoln Tomb and also visited several other memorials that were in the cemetery, including: the WWII Memorial, the Korean War Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial.
On Saturday we visited the Lincoln Museum and Lincoln Library. I don't know how to express how impressive the Lincoln Museum is! If you ever have a chance to visit, but you only have time to visit one place, this is a must see. Dona, Connor and I have been there twice and both times were just blown away. On that same day, we visited the "Old State Capital" building which is also a very informative visitor site. this is of course where Abe did a lot of work while he was a lawyer in Springfield. It is also the location that Barack Obama choose to announce his campaign for President.
Right across from the Old State Capital is the office where Lincoln practiced law before he was elected President. We had not visited or taken the tour of this location before, and found it to be very informative and worthwhile.
The next morning, Sunday, we started our day at the National Parks display of the Lincoln Home where Abe lived with Mary and his boys until his election to President. In addition to Lincoln's home, there are many other homes from the period that have been restored. There are three homes that you can go into for interior views, including Lincoln's home. We spent most of the morning here.
Our last activity in Springfield was to visit the Dana-Thompson House. This has nothing to do with Abe Lincoln, but is one of the finest examples of a Frank Loyd Wright Prairie Style home. There was a wonderful tour of the interior and then you were free to explore the exterior of the house.
A long trip home (It always seems to take longer going home?) and our weekend was complete.