If you got a chance to check out my first post about our visit to Springfield, IL. then you already know that we saw a lot and did a lot. We got to see so much, I couldn’t put it all in one post. So, I’m back with part 2 of our trip to Springfield, IL. Picking back up where we left off at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. There was so much to see at the museum that I wanted to make sure we took our time and visited each exhibit.
We got a chance to see what went on behind closed doors in private meetings with the President. The image above demonstrated the battle President Lincoln faced while drafting the Emancipation Proclamation.
Many may recall the Civil War that happened during President Lincoln’s Administration… Here is a wall that was dedicated to that era.
So much history, so much to learn… You see how much he aged after 5 years? President Lincoln had so many internal and external battles.
What I loved about the museum was that even though it was founded in President Lincoln’s honor they didn’t attempt to sweep his shortcomings under the rug. The museum addressed his strengths, his weaknesses in addition to the controversy. A long time controversial issue was whether or not Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves. While he issued the Emancipation Proclamation in my opinion it gave the states too much power and more of an option if they wanted to free the slaves, while some states were downright exempt. After reading it and seeing it up close, it wasn’t an affirmative order. While I feel his intentions were good, I don’t feel that he took a hardcore stand in freeing the slaves. It was a great, teachable moment for the boychild.
I loved how they addressed the issue of slavery head on…
Looking at President Lincoln’s private life, it was well known that the Lincoln’s didn’t believe in controlling their children. The picture below shows them misbehaving at their dad’s place of employment. They allowed the kids certain freedoms most parents wouldn’t dare to allow, especially back then when kids were to be seen and not heard.
We also got a glimpse into President Lincoln’s home life with his children and Mary Todd. I don’t know if many people know this but out of the 4 boys they had together, only one of their sons lived past his teenage years. That’s right, 3 of the Lincoln’s boys died before their parents and before they reached the age of 18.
These images show Mary Todd looking after William, who ultimately died from typhoid fever.
I couldn’t imagine losing one child but three?
This image above depicts Mary Todd mourning the death of her son… How hard it must’ve been on her?!
The picture above shows the minutes before President Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth while watching a play at the Ford Theatre in Washington D.C. If you look to the right you can see him approaching the President from behind.
While we had explored the entire museum, our trip didn’t end there, we walked around Springfield and as you can see their are signs of Lincoln everywhere. After all, Springfield is the Land of Lincoln.
It was time to grab something to eat so we headed to Cozy Dog Drive In. It’s one of those restaurants that you have to stop and try on the Old Route 66. Walking into the Drive In, I felt all kinds of nostalgia and the food was good as well. Definitely a great experience for the boychild and I.
Then we made a quick stop to see the Old State Capitol. This was important because this is where all of the State’s business was handled before moving to the new State Capitol.
The next day we started our day off at the Lincoln Home. We got a chance to tour the house the Lincoln’s lived in before moving to Washington and see some of the original furnishings from that era.
Such a quaint home, I love how the replicated the entire neighborhood. You almost felt like you had stepped back in time.
Back in the day, couples had separate rooms… it was a sign of wealth. Here is a picture of Mary Todd’s room with a dress she would’ve worn during that time.
Here’s a look at the kitchen, if I recall correctly this was the original stove that was in the Lincoln’s home. There was so much to see, the house is full of history. Next we stopped at the Lincoln Tomb to see his final resting place.
Can you tell he’s happy to be here?
Here’s a statue of Lincoln that was inside. There were so many Lincoln Statues, I’ll have to post them all one day. Abraham Lincoln, his wife and 3 of his 4 children were all buried here. Check out his headstone inside of the tomb below…
Here’s the outside of the tomb, so well done!
We couldn’t leave without getting a photo opp… I look a mess the wind was blowing but the boychild had an amazing time.
Since we live in Illinois, I had to stop by to see the Dana Thomas House by Frank Lloyd Wright. I live in Oak Park, which is considered Frank Lloyd Wright Country, so I had to see the house the well known architect built in Springfield.
On our last day, we took it easy. We stopped and had lunch at Cafe’ Moxo.
The food was good and the staff was so friendly, we felt right at home! The boychild ordered a grilled cheese and I got a chicken pot pie. The food was delicious and super fresh.
Between the food and the deserts, I knew we had come to the right place. We had a great time, I can’t wait to go back!
Last but not least we stopped at Scheels, a sporting goods megastore. It was the first time I went into an adventure store and could stay for hours. The boychld loved it so much, he didn’t want to go home.
I mean what other sporting goods store do you know that has a ferris wheel in the middle of the store?
There were so many hand-on activities for the kids to get into. He had a blast, we’ve been home a month and he keeps asking me if we can go back to Scheels.
The fact that Scheels was able to combine adventure with history and manage to make it cool is beyond me. Overall, we had an amazing time visiting Springfield, IL. We came, we saw and most importantly we learned. We can’t wait to go back to see some of the things we didn’t get to explore on this trip.