Although the whole state of Illinois is known as the "Land of Lincoln," the Lincoln Home National Historical Site preserves the only home Abraham Lincoln ever actually owned—purchased for $1,500 in 1844. The Lincoln family lived in the 12-room Greek Revival house at eighth and Jackson in Springfield for 17 years before departing in 1961 for the White House. Not only can visitors see the home, they can also stroll around the four blocks surrounding the house—all restored to their 1860 appearance. The neighborhood includes an heirloom garden with information on what growing food was like in Lincoln's day.
Visitors wanting a formal 20-minute tour of the house need to request a ticket from the visitor center, though the tours are free.