Note: The Old State Capitol will be closed for rennovations this season. We will still stand outside his law office (also closed) and the capitol building and dicuss Lincoln’s rise into politics , his law career, and the fall of slavery that begins in the old capitol in 1858.
Tour will now includes entry into the Lincoln home, the Lincoln Depot, and the Lincoln Family Tomb. We will also do a drive through the old section of Oak Ridge Cemetery highlighting the extended Lincoln and Civil War history. Mary’s sister’s, his law partners, ten Civil War generals, and one very naughty bishop!
Cash or CC payable day of tour
Call, email, or text to first check my availability email@example.com / 217-502-8687
Dates booked: March 29, 30, April 14, 20, 26, 27, 28, May 2, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 23, 25, June 6
Price: $150 up to 6 people for one price. Includes transportation, historical interpretation, water, light snacks. Sites are free.
This will be one of the most informative private tours you’ve ever been on.
Lincoln's Funeral at the Old Capitol
The Lincoln home decorated for the funeral held in Springfield May 3-4, 1865. Lincoln's horse "Old Bob" is seen out front wearing a black mourning blanket.
Hear the human stories of Lincoln. the father, a husband, a lawyer, and an aspiring politician. Learn about his rise into national politics, the fall of slavery, and his funeral, the final farewell.
The Lincoln Special
"You’ll hear human stories of Lincoln; the father, husband, a lawyer, and an aspiring politician."
Garret Moffett typically guides this half day private guided tour that moves at your pace.
“This is a private tour that you hire me for and includes entry into 3 main Lincoln sites; the Lincoln home, the Lincoln Depot, and the Lincoln Tomb where I’ll guide you through the Lincoln history and tell you stories well beyond the constraints of site interpreters. And once I found out what intrigues you about Lincoln I can then tell you stories towards your interest so you can connect to the Lincoln history in your own meaningful way.”
Lincoln's Springfield horse drawn hearse
Springfield mourners waiting the arrival of the Lincoln Special at the depot
Springfield mourners entering into the Old State Capitol for Lincoln's repose
Soldiers guarding over Abraham and Willie Lincoln in the receiving vault
Tomb of Abraham Lincoln, Springfield, ILL
Lincoln's funeral catafalque in the Illinois House of Representatives Old State Capitol
"I want us to part ways with you more endeared to Lincoln and a deeper understanding of what he and his family endured to save our nation in our darkest hour."
This tour may not be for everyone, it is intensive Lincoln, and not an average site tour.
This tour is available all year around!
(Subject to Historic Site Hours)
Tour Details: We’ll meet at 10am inside the Lincoln home visitor center, 426 s. 7th St. on your tour date. I’ll facilitate your tour through Lincoln’s home, then we’ll walk the street talking about the Lincoln’s neighbors and his home and family life.
Then we’ll drive in my Grand Dodge Caravan downtown a few blocks away and stand outside the Old State Capitol where Lincoln served in the legislature. We’ll talk about Lincoln’s law career, his rise into national politics, and the fall of slavery.
Next we’ll drive over to the the Lincoln Depot where he gave the famous Farewell Address. Check out the small waiting rooms , learn about the Inaugural and funeral trains, and hear the heartfelt speech.
Then we’ll drive out to the cemetery, and I’ll tour you through the Lincoln Tomb where the history will come full circle as we pay our respects. We’ll talk about the symbolism of the tomb, his funeral, the attempted theft of his body, and his final burial in 1901. Finish with a drive through the old section highlighting the extended Lincoln history.
It takes four hours to do these three main Lincoln sites justice, but as time allows, we can drive by other sites, but we’ll move at your pace. If you need to take a break for a snack or lunch, we can do that without costing you time, or we can tour straight through.
2023 Tour Update: The Old State Capitol is expected to be closed 2023. If open we will go inside and tour the building as planned. If closed, I can only interpret the history from the outside. However, to make up for the deficiency we can go to the Lincoln Depot and spend time in Oak Ridge Cemetery exploring the Lincoln and Civil War history. Or feel free to discuss other options. Be assured I will give you a Lincoln Experience well worth your time and expense.
1 - 6 people for one price
Cash or CC payable day of tour
This tour is in high demand and dates do fill quickly during peak tour season.
Inquiries made on arrival in town accepted up to 9pm, I might be available the next morning. Call, text, or email: 217-502-8687 firstname.lastname@example.org