site is the birthplace and long-time home of poet (Nicholas) Vachel
Lindsay. Lindsay was internationally known in the early-twentieth
century for his unique poetry, the artwork he created to illustrate
the poetry, and animated performances of his work. Two of his best-known
volumes are The Congo (1914) and Collected Poems
Vachel Lindsay Home, located just south of the Illinois Executive
Mansion, is a two-story frame structure erected prior to the Civil
War. Lindsay’s father purchased the house in 1878 and in 1893
constructed a rear addition to the original L-shaped building. The
first floor contains an entry hall, two parlors, library, dining
room, kitchen, bathroom, and pantry. The second floor comprises
a central hall, sewing room, five bedrooms, bathroom, and trunk
room. In 1971 the home was designated a National Historic Landmark
and in 1972 was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Visitors receive conducted tours of the Home, emphasizing Lindsay’s
poetry and art.
Visit the Vachel Lindsay Home Association's website.