Decatur and Macon County has a landscape rich in Lincoln history. Many “firsts” in Lincoln’s life happened in and around Decatur. It was the first home of the Lincoln family when they moved to Illinois. Downtown Decatur was the site of Lincoln’s very first political speech, and it was here that he was first nominated for the Presidency at the State Republican Party Convention. Throughout his time as a lawyer in central Illinois, Lincoln tried a number of cases in Decatur. Today, the log courthouse where those cases were heard still exists in the Prairie Village at the Macon County Historical Society Museum.

While you’re “Looking for Lincoln” in Decatur, be sure to visit beautiful Lake Decatur, surrounded by nature trails, parks and a golf course. Or, plan a stop at Scovill Zoo and a trip to the Children’s Museum.

For more info, contact the Decatur Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-331-4479 or visit us at
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