Springfield is the dream place for all history buffs. However, if you are not, there are plenty of attractions that you can check out. Springfield is the city where Abraham Lincoln has worked before his presidency. If you are planning to visit the city any time soon, here are a few things that you need to check out.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
This is divided into two buildings which are connected by a skywalk. The library is actually a facility for public research. Here I found an extensive collection of books on Illinois, materials on Civil War, manuscripts, and maps. There are over 1,500 signed documents. Across the street, there is the Ford Theatre which details the prime moments of the life of the president.
This had been developed in 1902 by Frank Lloyd Wright, the famous architect. This is Prairie-styles house that is quite famous among tourists and locals alike. The home covers an area of 12,000 square ft. I was surprised to learn that there are over 35 rooms and 250 windows and doors. I took the long hour tour which is available most of the days in the week. Even though you do not have to make any reservations, you need to call prior to visiting.
Old State Capital
This had been the heart of Illinois government between 1839 and 1876. It is known that Abraham Lincoln used to serve here as the state legislator. The building had been reconstructed in the year 1960. You will find reconstructed libraries, rotundas, and also the supreme courtroom. All these took me back to the time to Abraham Lincoln. In case you want to learn more about the place, you can avail the guided tours. However, my recommendation is to explore the rooms all by you.