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Postville Courthouse State Historic site

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Address: 914 5th St, Lincoln, IL 62656-2308
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+1 217-732-8687

A replica of the 1800s Postville Courthouse where Abraham Lincoln once...

A replica of the 1800s Postville Courthouse where Abraham Lincoln once practiced law while in the 8th Judicial Court Circuit. This beautiful two story attraction offers a nice guided tour of the building and the grounds which also offers a medicinal garden of that era as well.

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Looks like an interesting spot!

We were only able to walk around the outside of the courthouse. It was closed due to a lack of volunteers to open it that day. Hope to visit it someday when it is open!

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Robert D
Mount Pulaski
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Mount Pulaski
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were only able to walk around the outside of the courthouse. It was closed due to a lack of volunteers to open it that day. Hope to visit it someday when it is open!

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Southern Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015 via mobile

This gives a lot of info about circuit riders both attorneys and judges. The difficulties of their travel and how they became attorneys are interesting and so is an early use of the nickname Honest Abe. This is restored but its history and current location are also interesting. Well done.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

This is one of those place that is out of the way for "Looking for Lincoln" Its also a grand historical place in general and is worth a quick stop even just to walk around the area.

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Deltona, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2015

The original building was moved to Michigan by Henry Ford. There is a short video and a couple of rooms with period pieces. It is important to the history of this city, so I would recommend a visit. They have a sign for donations of $2 per adult. And I feel that is a good value. The people there answered... More 

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Westerville, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2015

My wife and I recently visited this replica courthouse and enjoyed walking around it and taking pictures. It was closed at the time so we could not enter, but it was still enjoyable to be in a place Abraham Lincoln tried a case.

1 Thank Thomas B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2015 via mobile

Lincoln is a great old town. The original courthouse is in the Greenfield Village in Michigan. Lincoln College has a fantastic museum, downtown is the building where people conspired to steal Lincoln's body, out by the Lincoln Lakes is the train overpass where Coon Dog Kelly ran bootleg whiskey in the 1920's. See the downtown courthouse, historic old homes, brick... More 

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Mahomet, Illinois, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2014

Sadly, our society has a lack of funding for paid jobs to promote tourism and lack of volunteers to keep our heads above water. It looked like an interesting site, and my plan to visit was completely thwarted.

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Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2014

One of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Courthouses in Illinois where Abraham Lincoln argued cases. Henry Ford acquired the original Postville courthouse and had it reassembled at his Deerfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan. This is a replica of the original building. Did not go inside as it was morning and the courthouse does not open until noon.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014

Unfortunately I was in the area on a Monday when the site was closed so I could just walk around. The building is a replica of a courthouse in which Abraham Lincoln practiced. The original is at Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan. Parking is convenient and the flowers outside the building were very pretty. I will stop in if the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

Lincoln was a circuit riding lawyer in this part of Illinois. The original Postville Courthouse was purchased by Henry Ford and now resides in MI. This is very true to the original. Docents are helpful!

1 Thank Psyprof51

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