Original Lincoln White House Kitchen

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At the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library in Springfield, Illinois they had the original kitchen from the White House during Lincoln’s time. It was a great display but super dark. The stove even had heat emanating from it as a realistic touch.

War Gallery in the Lincoln Presidential Museum

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Let us continue our tour around Springfield, Illinois and now go into the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. This museum was full of artifacts and photos from Abraham Lincoln and his time in the White House. This photo is actually a stiches together series of photos into a panorama of the War Gallery. There were hundreds of original Civil War photographs there. 

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Central Train Station in Springfield, Illinois

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Right in the middle of downtown Springfield, Illinois there is a giant park with a bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln and a huge grand central train station. This station was restored and rebuilt recently but is no longer an active train station having the tracks removed and streets paved over in front if it.  It now houses a giant exhibit from the Spielberg movie “Lincoln” which you can tour. 

Blacksmith at New Salem, Illinois

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Here we are at Abraham Lincoln’s New Salem in Illinois. He lived and worked here from 1830-1837. The state of Illinois has reconstructed the log cabin village from the original cabins on their original foundations here. At the village blacksmiths shop the blacksmith was working on making some tongs at the forge.  Even the blacksmiths shop was a log cabin. 

Inside the Stone Barn Gift Shop at New Salem

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So we are continuing our tour of New Salem, Illinois.  Here Abraham Lincoln first arrived in Illinois around 1830 and lived and worked in this village until 1837. The many log buildings had been moved away by the town, but were recently brought back and reconstructed back on their original foundations.  This large building was a story and a half stone barn that was converted into a gift shop. It was lovely inside with a lot of natural light from the windows. 

Cooper’s Shop at New Salem, Illinois 

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Even the Cooper’s Shop and Carpenter’s Shop were log cabins at New Salem, Illinois.  Abraham Lincoln lived and worked in this community from 1830-1837 just West of Springfield.  This is a view inside the log cabin there:


Inside a log cabin at Lincoln’s New Salem, Illinois 

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At New Salem, Illinois just West of Springfield they had over 30 original log cabin structures.  Some of the cabins you could go into or peek in the door or window. Many cabins that were used for living in, were painted white inside. This must of been to improve the light and perhaps the cleanliness. 

Log Cabins at New Salem Illinois 

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Abraham Lincoln came to New Salem, Illinois in 1830-1887 and tried his trade as a merchant in the local store.  He saw and was in many of these log cabins here at historic New Salem 20 miles West of Springfield.   I like this early cabin because of the stick chimney.

Lincoln’s New Salem

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Just 20 miles outside of Springfield, Illinois is the tiny old town of New Salem where Abraham Lincoln lived from 1830-1837.  He floated in on a boat down the river and was offered a job in a store there. It is here he first ran for political office and failed, but he kept at it. He worked as a postmaster, surveyor and enlisted in the militia for the Black Hawk Indian War, which was required. He was voted by his men to lead them overwhelmingly.  

These log cabins (30+ of them) were original to the site and are now a State Historical site.  Earlier, the citizens of New Salem decided to move the town and all the cabins and buildings were relocated to another town.  Recently, the entire town was moved back to its original site by the State on the original foundations. 

For more history see: New Salem