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Attractions: Historic Sites

Lincoln Tomb

This beautiful monument marks the final resting place of Abraham, Mary Todd, Tad, Eddie and Willie Lincoln. (Oldest son, Robert, is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.) Abraham Lincoln was buried in Springfield’s Oak Ridge Cemetery at the request of Mrs. Lincoln after his assassination in 1865. The monument was designed by sculptor Larkin Mead, completed in 1874, and paid for with public donations. The original receiving vault in which Abraham Lincoln was buried can be seen on a tour of the cemetery. (Be sure to ask about the special Civil War Retreat Ceremony held at the Tomb each Tuesday evening during the summer.)

Oak Ridge Cemetery:
Oak Ridge is the largest cemetery in the state of Illinois and the second-most visited cemetery in the U.S. People from across the country and throughout the world come to see the tomb of Springfield’s most famous citizen. But this 365-acre cemetery is also the final resting place of seventy other notable historic figures including labor leader John L. Lewis, the famous poet Vachel Lindsay, four Illinois governors, and Lincoln’s law partner, William Herndon. An audio tour, entitled Stories in Stone, provides a guided tour of unique monuments from the 1800s. The cemetery office is located at the Monument Avenue entrance to the cemetery.


1500 Monument Ave., Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, IL 62702

Area

Northwest

Hours

Hours are subject to change. Please call to confirm hours before you visit. Nov-Feb, Tues-Sat 9am-4pm Mar-April, Tues-Sat 9am-5pm. May-Labor Day, 7 days a week 9am-5pm Post Labor Day-Oct 31, Tues-Sat 9am-5pm. Call or visit the web site.

Phone

(217) 782-2717

Access

Handicapped Accessible


Admission

Free

Days Closed

Monday, Sunday, New Years Day, MLK Birthday, Presidents Day, Veterans Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day