Encountering Abe everywhere in Springfield, Illinois

Abraham LincolnWhen your five-year-old is obsessed with Abraham Lincoln, going on a trip to Springfield, Illinois, is kind of like going to Disney World. Maybe even better. I like to say that Lucia is a super nerd – and I’m proud to say that – but her infatuation with Abraham Lincoln really takes it to a whole new level. I blame her pre-school teacher, Mrs. B. On Abe’s birthday last year, Mrs. B read a book to Lucia’s class about Honest Abe and Lucia hasn’t been quite the same since. It was also on that day that Lucia started asking when we could take a trip to Springfield. Her dream came true this past fall.

Illinois is known as the Land of Lincoln, even though Abe wasn’t even born here. But he spent several significant years in and around Springfield before going off to Washington, DC to serve as our nation’s 16th President. Just about everywhere you look in Springfield, there is something Lincoln-related. It could be an official historic site or landmark, or Abe’s face on a giant piece of wood cut into the shape of Illinois. Lucia became so excited each time she spotted Abe’s picture, statue, or likeness around town. It was a lot of fun for me to witness her enthusiasm for something so academic and historic (after all, she does get her super-nerdiness from me).

Our first Abe encounter was at Lincoln Tomb and War Memorials State Historic Site at Oak Ridge Cemetery. I had to give Lucia a boost so she could rub Abe’s nose…

Lincoln Tomb and War Memorials State Historic Site | Springfield, IL

We ran into the whole Lincoln family at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (which is so awesome that it deserves its own blog post, which is forthcoming)…

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum | Springfield, IL

Just down the road from the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, we found this campaign float…

Lincoln Home National Historic Site | Springfield, IL

And Lucia even got to pose with her main squeeze.

Springfield, IL

Consider this an intro to our Abe coverage. We’ve got lots more to come!

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14 Responses to Encountering Abe everywhere in Springfield, Illinois

  1. Val - Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids January 3, 2015 at 9:05 am #

    I remember going to Springfield as a child and loving it too. Glad Lucia is a “super nerd”. 😉
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  2. Jolanta aka Casual Traveler January 3, 2015 at 6:52 pm #

    What a fun post! Thank you for sharing info on all the places one can see Abe (and family) in Springfield 🙂 If your daughter gets obsessed with colonial America, you know where you’ll have to bring her next, right? 🙂 Seriously, though, she sounds like a very smart young lady. Good for you for catering to her Abe obsession!
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  3. Traveling Ted January 8, 2015 at 7:46 pm #

    I am quite fascinated with Abe Lincoln too. I need to follow in Bonjour Amigo’s footsteps.
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  4. craig zabransky (@StayAdventurous) January 12, 2015 at 5:56 am #

    Growing up I loved Abe too… I actually still do, I visited his son’s (family) home once in Manchester, VT – Hildene (worth considering when you come east coast again)… I actually saw one of his remaining top-hats So cool. Haopy to hear the young ones still appreciate his values and the history. I look forward to the/his Library post.

    stay Abe-Loving, Craig
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  5. Megan January 12, 2015 at 10:59 am #

    Okay this is cute. So fun how you bring in the history of a place as you travel.
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  6. Melody Pittman January 12, 2015 at 11:03 am #

    Oh I loved this article! How cute she is! I, too, share a love and passion for Abe and my teenage daughters friend feels the same way. She even has Lincoln’s signature tattooed on her foot! (odd enough I know) My daughter was fascinated with all the presidents so we made stops all across the country stopping in to learn more about each and every one but we never visited this place. How wonderful. I’ve never read anything about it and can’t wait to see the post about the library. If you wouldn’t mind, please remind me when it goes out so I don’t miss it. Awesome work!

  7. Paul January 12, 2015 at 11:55 am #

    Thats so fantastic that your daughter has a keen interest in history, I’m sure you are very proud, love the photo at the end, she looks so please haha!

  8. Andreja January 13, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

    So great, I have never been a history buff, but I have realised its much more fun to learn about history on travels.
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  9. Lance | Trips By Lance January 15, 2015 at 1:38 pm #

    My wife has family in Springfield. In fact, she was born there. So we’ve made trips there off and on for years. An Easter visit in 2011 was extended by three days suddenly when we needed to stay for a funeral, so I took advantage of that extra time and took a then-4-year-old boy to some of the sites. Springfield is a fun town and a good weekend away. Looking forward to more posts.
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    • Francesca January 22, 2015 at 9:50 am #

      I remember Stacey telling me about living in Springfield. She was the first to tell me about the famous horseshoe, too!

  10. lorrie January 15, 2015 at 6:46 pm #

    thanks for sharing your time in Springfield I almost wen there on a girlfriends getaway then the fight got cancelled
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    • Francesca January 22, 2015 at 9:48 am #

      Oh no, that’s too bad. You’ll have to try again. So much to see!

  11. Bailey K. January 18, 2015 at 1:09 pm #

    That’s so cute that she loves Lincoln so much! That picture of her on the bench is just so cute! I’ve been to Lincoln Home NHS in Springfield and I loved it.
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    • Francesca January 22, 2015 at 9:47 am #

      Her infatuation with Abe really is darling, though sometimes I think it might be time for an intervention… 😉

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