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Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site 

400 South Lincoln Highway Road, Lerna

(217) 345-1845
Lincoln Log Cabin Historic Site was the 1840’s home of Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln, father and stepmother of our 16th president. The site includes a working, living historic farm developed around a two-room cabin. A second farmstead, the Stephen Sargent Farm, has been moved to the site to help broaden visitors’ understanding of the 1840’s rural life in Illinois. Both offer an array of interpretive programs. Call the site for a current calendar of events. Special group tours available by appointment.

Thomas Lincoln Cemetery       

 Lincoln Highway Road, 1 mile West of Lincoln Log Cabin

(217) 345-1845 
Many visit this cemetery to see the burial site of Abraham Lincoln’s father and stepmother, Thomas Lincoln and Sarah Bush Lincoln.


Moore Home State Historic Site                   

Lincoln Highway Road, 1 mile north of Lincoln Log Cabin

(217) 345-1845 
Located just one mile north of Lincoln Log Cabin, the Moore Home is the 1860’s home of Abraham Lincoln stepsister, Matilda Hall Moore and the location of President-elect Lincoln’s last visit with his Coles County family on January 31, 1861.


Lincoln Springs Resort          

Lincoln Springs is currently closed.

9699 North Co. Road, 2000 East

3 Miles East of Charleston off IL Highway 16

(217) 345-3424

Toll Free - (877) 770-0ABE (0223)
Stop in to see the world tallest Abraham Lincoln statue in Abe's Garden! Lincoln Springs Resort currently offers the Stovepipe Grill & Smokehouse, Ultimate Miniature Golf, The Game Nexus, banquet & meeting facilities, double-decker bus & trolley and spring fed lakes for fishing and boating.


Coming Attractions Include Family Cabins, RV & Primitive Campsites, Swimming Pool, Bumper Boats, Paintball, Exotic Petting Zoo, Go Karts, DUCK Tours and much more!

City of Charleston                            back to the top

Tourism Office                              

7th and Jackson Ave.

(217) 348-0430

Charleston’s Downtown Square has been the site of the Coles County seat since 1835. As a young lawyer, Abraham Lincoln practiced law in a previous version of the courthouse. Today, the late 19th century Romanesque courthouse sits at the center of the square. Historic buildings display stunning architectural details and serve as home to current professional offices, unique shops and restaurants.

Lincoln Douglas Debate Museum

Coles County Fairgrounds,

416 West Madison Ave. 

(217) 348-0430

Tour the only museum in Illinois retracing the senatorial debates of 1858 between Abraham Lincoln and Stephan Douglas. The museum offers exhibits and interactive displays that tell the debates’ story through film, audio selections, artifacts and photos. The museum also includes a children’s hands-on area and a gift shop. Docents may be available at various times. Special group tours available by appointment.


Downtown Historic Murals

Courthouse Square Area

The Charleston Square features 7 different historical murals painted on the sides of buildings located on and around the square.  The mural shown to the right is of Abraham Lincoln saying goodbye to his stepmother Sarah Bush Lincoln and is located on the Charleston Chamber of Commerce building at the corner of 5th and Jackson.  All the murals are pictured and described at the the above Charleston Tourism link.


Charleston Riot Historic Marker

Courthouse Square

The Civil War spread to Charleston when a face-to-face encounter took place between southern sympathizers called “copperheads”, Union soldiers and citizens who favored the Lincoln Administration. An artistic mural of the rendition can be seen one block west of the Historic Marker at the corner of 6th street and Jackson Avenue.


Dudley House Museum

895 7th street
(217) 345-2934
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this Queen Anne-style house illustrates the lives of an established and affluent family in a rural Midwestern town in the early twentieth century.  Serving as home to the Coles County Historical Society, the Dudley House Museum contains the original woodwork and furnishing from the 1920s and 1940s.


Greenwood School Museum                 

 9th and Hayes Avenue

(217) 345-2934
This authentic one-room school house offers visitors a look at how education was taught from 1895-1945.  Special group tours available by appointment.


Old City Cemetery and Chambers Cemetery

Corner of Madison and ‘E’ Street

(217) 348-0430

Discover the graves of Charleston’s earliest residents among which include Lincoln’s extended family, local friends and victims of the 1864 Charleston Riot. The cemetery sits across the street from the Lincoln Douglas Debate Museum.

Eastern Illinois University

600 Lincoln Ave.
(217) 581-5000

Eastern Illinois University, home to more than 12,000 students, is well known for its excellence in academics, the arts and athletics. Founded in 1895, the beautiful campus provides diverse architectural styles that reflect the university’s history.


City of Mattoon                                 back to the top

208 N. 19 Street

The town is named for William Mattoon, who helped construct the Terre Haute and Alton Railroad. The projected junction of this rail line with the Illinois Central in 1854 convinced local settlers that the land was an ideal site for a community and Mattoon was founded.  The railroads caused it to grow rapidly and the town had more than 100 buildings by 1856. The Thomas Lincoln family first settled in Coles County in 1831 on a farm about three miles south of the future site of Mattoon, then another farm southeast of town before moving to Pleasant Grove Township in 1837. Mattoon's prosperity is due to it's manufacturing, oil and the rich farmland that surrounds itThe historic Peterson House, located in Peterson Park, on the corner of 5th and Broadway, currently houses the Mattoon Tourism Welcome Center and the Mattoon Chamber of Commerce.

Peterson House                  

    Mattoon Welcome Center

500 Broadway                                    

(800) 500-6286


The Mattoon Welcome Center is housed in the historic Peterson House which dates to ca. 1870.  It is located in Peterson Park which features the Mattoon Light Works in December each year.


Historic Depot 

1920 Broadway Ave.

(217) 235-6744 or (217) 345-2934


The Central Illinois Railroad Depot was completed in January of 1918 and was the seat of local train travel for 35 years. From 10-14 trains a day arrived and departed from the Depot through the 1950s. Amtrak was created by Congress in 1971 and currently makes six stops a day at the Depot. Amtrak, however, does not own the building and it has deteriorated, so in 2001, a committee was formed to save and restore the Depot.  It has since been listed on the Register of Historic Places and a new tile roof has been added.

Restoration of the Depot will accomplish a number of purposes including preservation of a historic building and local railroad history, contributing to the redevelopment of downtown Mattoon, providing high speed railroad service to the area, and providing a location for a museum on Coles County and Railroad history.


Douglas Hart Nature Center          

2204 DeWitt Ave. East

(217) 235-4644

The Douglas-Hart Nature Center is located on DeWitt Avenue East at the eastern edge of Mattoon, Illinois.  The Center was established by Helen Douglas-Hart in the late 1960s to recreate and maintain three native habitats of Illinois-- the prairie, deciduous forest, and wetland - as they appeared before intensive use by modern humans. The Center has been offering quality environmental education programs to the public, schools and private groups for more than 10 years.


City of Arcola                                 back to the top

Depot and Welcome Center


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Located just off Interstate 57, Arcola marks the entrance to Illinois Amish Country and is known as the "broomcorn capital of the world" with its renowned Broom Corn Festival every year the weekend after Labor Day. Arcola is home to the world famous Lawn Rangers who recently marched in the inauguration parade and is also the birthplace of Johnny Gruelle, creator of Raggedy Ann and Andy. The Raggedy Ann and Andy Museum downtown commemorates the legendary pair and their creator. 

Arcola's historic downtown is lined with stately buildings and its original brick street. You'll find a host of unique shops that offer shoppers opportunities to purchase art, antiques, locally made Amish baked goods and hand crafted Amish furniture. And before heading out the countryside, head to the Amish Interpretive Center downtown to learn more about the history and heritage of the local Amish community.

With that knowledge in mind, you'll find a trip out of town to be more than a breath of fresh, country air. Farming styles are diverse: everything from the latest in farming technology for planting and harvesting to the the horse-drawn machinery of Amish farmers. Douglas County is home to Illinois' largest Old Order Amish settlement. The rural area is lined with Amish homes, businesses, and schools, plus horse-drawn buggies.


Amish Interpretive Center 

It is now named the Illinois Amish Museum and has been        moved to Rockome Gardens

Phone: 1-888-45-AMISH


The Illinois Amish Interpretive Center houses a 10,000 square foot museum focusing on the Amish religion and lifestyle. Exhibits include buggies, barns, homes, quilts, weddings, Anabaptist history and a changing exhibit area. The Center also houses an introductory video that was produced locally about the Illinois Amish.


Raggedy Ann & Andy Museum         

The museum is closed - its gift shop is now located at Rockome Gardens

The Johnny Gruelle Raggedy Ann & Andy Museum opened to the public in May of 1999, in Arcola, Illinois. We are the only officially licensed Raggedy Ann & Andy museum in the world!  The mission of the Johnny Gruelle Raggedy Ann and Andy Museum is to preserve the life and times of the man who created the storybook characters, and to promote the inspiration, values, and spirit of imagination that has made them an American institution for so many years.


Stone Heart



Rockome Gardens                                    

125 N County Rd 425 E, Arcola  

(217) 268-4106

Located five miles west of Arcola, Illinois, Rockome Gardens features beautiful gardens and rockwork, interesting attractions, a variety of shopping opportunities, various dining experiences and a full slate of interesting special events.  Visitors will see Amish craftsman producing and selling Amish goods or can enjoy a train ride, or carriage ride. The Rockome Restaurant features Amish buffet meals and a pleasant country atmosphere.



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