Day One (8 hours including travel
A hard life - Lincoln's father and step-mother
finally settled just outside of Charleston where they both
lived until they died. Thomas Lincoln's life as a farmer
was tough and his relationship with his son seemed to be
Lincoln Douglas Debate Museum (30 minutes)
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site (2 hours)
As a young legislator, Lincoln was elected and served in
Vandalia which was the capital of Illinois until 1839. In
these earliest of roots in politics we see Lincoln the politician
and statesman develope.
State Historic Site (40 minutes)
Museum (30 minutes)
At age 22 Lincoln left his family in Decatur and began to
take his life into his own hands. Having lived there once
before with his family, Lincoln chose to return to Illinois
and made it forever his own.
Macon County Historical Museum (1 hour)
Featuring the Bryant Cottage, the pre-debate site, where
Lincoln and Douglas are believed to have arranged for the
debates to take place. Even without the stories of Lincoln
hounding Douglas acros the state, this beautiful example of
1850's Americana is not to be missed.
Bryant Cottage State Park (40 minutes)
Visitors are encouraged to continue
on to Urbana-Champaign where they can enjoy a variety of Bed
and Breakfasts or hotel stays.
Day Two (5 hours including travel
A short hop from Urbana-Champaign, the
visitor may explore the prairie and the Civil War -Experience
pioneer life as Lincoln would remember it and understand
the affects of the Civil War on the County.
Early American Museum (60 minutes)
Lincoln spent many days in Danville as a lawyer on the 8th
Judicial Circuit. Developing friendships with lawyers here
that would set his support in stone, visitoes can learn about
how the two roads crossed.
Dr. William Fithian Home (30 minutes)
Vermilion County Museum (30 minutes)