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Historic Sites Division of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency oversees a remarkable array of historically significant places. They range from the earthen-mound remnants of a prehistoric Native American city at Cahokia Mounds to Springfield’s Dana-Thomas House, a twentieth-century masterpiece designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Several sites celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s life and legacy, while others recognize the Illinois roots of literary figures such as Carl Sandburg and Vachel Lindsay. Monuments and memorials commemorate contributions of various individuals and groups, including the sacrifices made by Illinoisans who served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. Besides physically caring for those traces of the state’s past, the Sites Division offers a wide variety of public programs that bring Illinois history to life and make it meaningful to more than 2.5 million annual visitors.

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Historic Sites and Memorial Across Illinois

Historic Sites Across Illinois

State Historic Site Schedules

Please call before you visit to verify hours listed below.

Downloadable Schedule (PDF)

Apple River Fort, Elizabeth. March - October, We - Su, 9 - 5 pm; November - February, We-Su, 9 - 4 pm. 815/858-2028.

Bishop Hill,
Bishop Hill. March - Oct, We - Su 9 - 5 pm; November - February, We - Su 9 - 4 pm. 309/927-3345.

Black Hawk, Rock Island. March - October, We - Su, 9 - 5 pm; November - February, We - Su, 9 - 4 pm. (closed from 12 - 1 pm year-round) Grounds open from sunrise to sunset. 309/788-0177.

Bryant Cottage, Bement. March - October Th - Su 9 - 5 pm; November - February, Th - Su 9 - 4 pm. 217/678-8184.

Cahokia Courthouse, Cahokia. March - Labor Day, Th - Sa, 9 - 5 pm; post Labor Day-February, Th - Sa, 9 - 4 pm. 618/332-1782. Reduced hours due to staff shortages, call before visiting.

Cahokia Mounds, Collinsville. January, We-Su, 9 - 4 pm; February - April, We - Su, 9 - 5 pm; May - October, daily, 9 - 5 pm; November - December, We - Su. Grounds open from 8 am - sunset. 618/346-5160.

Carl Sandburg
, Galesburg. May - October, Th-Su, 9 - 5 pm; Nov - April, call for hours. 309/342-2361. Reduced hours due to staff shortages, call before visiting.

Dana-Thomas House, Springfield. Year - round, We - Su, 9 - 4 pm. 217/782-6776.

David Davis Mansion, Bloomington. Year - round, We - Su, 9 - 5 pm. (last tour at 4 pm) 309/828-1084.

Douglas Tomb, Chicago. Year - round, We - Su, 9 - 5 pm. 312/225-2620.

Fort de Chartres, Prairie du Rocher. Year - round, We - Su, 9 - 5 pm. 618/284-7230.

Fort Kaskaskia, Ellis Grove. Year - round, Mo - Su, 8 - 4 pm. 618/859-3741.

Galena Historic Sites:
U.S. Grant Home, March - October, We - Su, 9 - 5 pm; November - February, We - Su, 9 - 5 pm.
Washburne House, May - October, Fr, 10 - 4 pm.
Old Market House, Year - round, 9 - 5 pm. 815/777-3310.

Jubilee College, Brimfield. Site is currently closed due to staffing shortages.

Lewis and Clark, Hartford. May - Labor Day, daily, 9 - 5 pm; post Labor Day - April, We - Su, 9 - 5 pm. 618/251-5811.

Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices, Springfield. June - Labor Day, Mo - Su, 9 - 5 pm; post Labor Day - May, Tu - Sa, 9 - 5 pm. 217/785-7289.

Lincoln Log Cabin, Lerna. April - May, We - Su, 9 - 5 pm; Meml Day - Labor Day, Mo - Su, 9 - 5 pm, September - October, We - Su, 9 - 5 pm, November - March, We -Su, 9 - 4 pm. 217/345-6489.

Lincoln Tomb, Springfield. March - April, Tu - Sa, 9 - 5 pm, May - September, daily, 9 - 5 pm, September - November, Tu - Sa, 9 - 5 pm, December - February, Tu - Sa, 9-4pm. 217/782-2717.

Lincoln’s New Salem, Petersburg. April 1 - October 31, daily, 9 - 5pm; November 1 - March 31 We-Su, 9 - 5pm. 217/632-4000.

Metamora Courthouse, Metamora. November - February, Tu - Sa, 12 - 4 pm; March - October, Tu - Sa, 1 - 5 pm.

Mt. Pulaski Courthouse, Mt. Pulaski. Year - round, Tu - Sa, 12 - 4 pm.

Old State Capitol, Springfield. June - Labor Day, daily, 9 - 5 pm, post Labor Day - May, Tu - Sa, 9 - 5 pm. 217/785-9363.

Pierre Menard, Ellis Grove. May - October, We - Su, 9 - 5 pm; November - April, by appointment only. 618/284-7230. Hours reduced due to staff shortages.

Postville Courthouse, Lincoln. November - February, Tu - Sa, 12 - 4 pm; March - October, Tu - Sa, 12 - 5 pm.

Pullman, Chicago. Site is closed for rennovations. Limited tours of the Factory complex are available. Call for informtion. 773/660-2341.

Vachel Lindsay Home, Springfield. Year - round, Tu - Sa, 10 - 4 pm. 217/524-0901.

Vandalia Statehouse, Vandalia. May - Labor Day, Tu - Sa, 9 - 5 pm, post Labor Day - April, Tu - Sa, 9 - 4 pm. 618/283-1161.


The video below highlights a few of the sites maintained by they Historic Sites Division. The video was produced in partnership with the Looking for Lincoln program. The video is part of a display housed in Union Station in Springfield, Illinois which is the visitor's center for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The banners at the bottom of the screen provide a geographic location from Union Station.

 

Amy Martin, Director

Board of Trustees

Sunny Fischer, Chair
Daniel J. Arnold
Julia Sniderman Bachrach
D. Jeanie Cooke
Melinda Spitzer Johnston
Anthony J. Leone, Jr.
Dr. Shirley J. Portwood

Historic Sites

Site Hours
Albany Mounds
Apple River Fort
Bishop Hill
Black Hawk
Bryant Cottage
Buel House
Cahokia Courthouse
Cahokia Mounds
Cambell's Island Memorial
Carl Sandburg
Dana-Thomas House
David Davis Mansion
Douglas Tomb
Fort de Chartres
Fort Kaskaskia
Governor Bond Memorial
Governor Coles Memorial
Governor Horner Memorial
Grand Village of the Illinois
Halfway Tavern
Hofmann Tower
Jarrot Mansion
Jubilee College
Kaskaskia Bell Memorial
Kincaid Mounds
Korean War Memorial
Lewis and Clark
Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices
Lincoln Log Cabin
Lincoln Monument
Lincoln Tomb
Lincoln Trail Memorial
Lincoln's New Salem
Lovejoy Memorial
Martin-Boismenue House
Metamora Courthouse
Mount Pulaski Courthouse
Norwegian Settlers Memorial
Old Market House
Old State Capitol
Pierre Menard Home
Postville Courthouse
Pullman
Rose Hotel
Shawneetown Bank
U.S. Grant Home
Vachel Lindsay Home
Vandalia State House
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Washburne House
Wild Bill Hickok Memorial
World War II Memorial

State Features

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