Initial Visit: April 11th, 2012
Description: Here lies Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter and 16th President of the United States of America.
Abraham is my favorite President. I’m not sure why but something about him resonates well with me. Maybe it’s how all Illinois-born residents feel. Either way, visiting Springfield as a kid and seeing the Lincoln stuff is a huge part of most children’s childhood growing up in the Central Illinois area.
So, after visiting this place as a kid and coming back as an adult, it was great to see that nothing really changed from what I remember. Not that I would expect a tomb to undergo radical changes in 2 decades.
Upon first getting here, you realize this is more than a plaque that marks a spot on the ground. The tomb itself is a building that you can go in and see where the President lies. You can take the stairs to the top of the building and do… something. It was under construction while I was there so we couldn’t take in the sights from a higher elevation.
Before you head in to the vault and get a little tour/history lesson, you HAVE to rub Lincoln’s nose before you do anything else. It’s a must. There is a giant Lincoln head outside that has an extra shiny nose from it being rubbed a million times over the years.
After the nose-rubbing and tomb tour, you are free to explore the surrounding area. This is option but one I suggest if the weather allows. The groundskeeper does a great job of keeping the landscape beautiful. You can walk around to behind the tomb building to see the Receiving Vault. This is where Lincoln was temporarily buried until his final resting spot was available. Over the years, people have taken to throwing pennies in to the open area of the Receiving Vault. I may or may not have contributed some pennies to this. The Receiving Vault was a fun find as I never knew it was here.
As Matt and I wandered the grounds, we ran across a possible bell tower. There was no signage indicating what it was so a bell tower is my best guess.
If you have to visit Springfield for Lincoln-related things, the Tomb should be at the top of your list of places to visit. If you are someone who just likes to travel and explore new places, the Lincoln Tomb should be on the top of your list if you are in the Springfield area.
1500 Monument Ave
Springfield, IL 62702