The oldest home in Springfield, Edwards Place tells the story of Benjamin and Helen Edwards and their life at the home from 1843 to 1909. The wonderfully preserved Italianate mansion was once a center for social activity in Springfield. Prominent citizens and politicians such as Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas were entertained at lavish dinner parties and the grounds played host to many summer picnics and political rallies.
Your visit to Edwards Place will include a guided tour through the formal receiving parlor, music room, family dining room and the second floor bedrooms. The home is furnished with wonderful examples of Victorianfurniture, including many pieces that belonged to the Edwards family. You will also see the authentic “Lincoln Courting Couch” from the parlor of the Ninian Edwards home where Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd were married.
Want a sneak peek of Edwards Place? Check out this great video clip of an interview in the historic home with Curator of Collections Erika Holst.