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An Interesting Piece of History

A couple blocks south of Lincoln's home is the Elijah Iles home, the oldest existing home in... read more

Reviewed 12 September 2018
Beatriz121
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Wisconsin
Another must see!!

What an awesome piece of history is preserved here!!! Tour guides are very knowledgeable about the... read more

Reviewed 22 July 2018
Kathi B
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Elkhorn, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

Well maintained & preserved old house. Lots of history about Springfield. Home of one of Springfield's Founding Fathers, Elijah Iles. Oldest standing home in Springfield. Free admission.

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank ritas586
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Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

Yes, it was interesting.
Alot of information from the 2 guides.
1 guide upstairs, 1 guide downstairs...
But the best part of the tour, was the separate exhibit down in the basement.
It wasnt part of the normal house tour.
We went down stairs and the older gentleman seemed surprised we came downstairs...
His name is Farrel Gay, and he is a retired businessman from Springfield. He is a watch collecter, and just an incrediable wealth of knowledge about watchs, and the history of the Illinois Watch Co.
My wife and I spent more time downstairs speaking with him, than we did on the actual house tour.
It was a pleasure to see his collection, and listen to him recollect the history, and speak with him in general!

Date of experience: May 2017
2  Thank Scott D
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Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

This home is located about two blocks south the the Lincoln home visitor center. It's a little know place that's full of Springfield history. It's not open all year so check before going. I was alone a felt like I was given a VIP tour. Lots of original pieces in the house. There's two floors to visit. In the bottom floor (basement) is a watch museum that's loaded with rare and interesting time pieces.
I urge anyone who's visiting Springfield to visit the Elijah home. It's so close to the Lincoln home that's it's worth the walk.

Date of experience: September 2016
2  Thank Aerowing
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Reviewed 27 August 2016

This is one of two houses you can go inside in this areas attraction, Lincoln's being the other, but unlike the Lincoln's house, you can go on your own inside this one, which was one of his immediate neighbours. Worth a visit.

Date of experience: August 2016
3  Thank D0dge51
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Reviewed 16 July 2016

We decided to visit here after we found that another place was closed. It was a great choice. When we got there Mr. Lincoln had just started talking about Gettysburg We sat in on it and were very impressed with the talk. The impersonator, Fritz, was fantastic. He resembled Lincoln more than any we have seen. Right down to the mole on his right side. He does this at many of the Lincoln sites during the week. There is a brochure with the times and places. Our tour guide was Larry. What a wealth of info. We must have been there for at least 3 hours. Not only did he talk about Lincoln and the place we were visiting but he talked about many other things and we added a lot to the conversation. We then went downstairs to see the clock/watch exhibit. The person putting it on, Farrell Gay, was there and we got a lot of info. On our way back to our camper we happened upon the old Illinois watch factory he had told us about. This is a must stop for anyone visiting Springfield, Il.

Date of experience: July 2016
4  Thank Clarence D
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