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Garfield Farm and Inn Museum

This 1840s prairie farmstead and inn now serves as a living history museum. Tours of the grounds and structures give groups a place to learn about everything from plants and historic map interpretation to 19th-century inn keeping. Garfield Rd., LaFox, IL 60147. Kane County. Tel: 630-584-8485. Cost: Fee.... More Info

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Apple River Fort State Historic Site

311 E. Myrtle St., Elizabeth, IL 61028. The site of a conflict in 1832, known as the Black Hawk War, between local militia and tribal warriors. Groups can see exhibits in the Interpretive Center and explore the reconstructed fort. In the summer, the fort comes to life with living history demonstrations. Free.

Lincoln Home National Historic Site

426 South 7th St., Springfield, IL 62701. 217-492-4241. This is the only home that Abraham Lincoln ever owned. Tours take visitors through the Formal Parlor, bedrooms, kitchen, and other parts of the house. Learn about the 17 years the family lived at the home, and Lincoln’s 1860 presidential campaign. Free.

Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site

402 South Lincoln Hwy. Rd., Lerna, IL 62440. 217-345-1845. The home of Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln is preserved at this site along with the Moore Home, a living history farm, and a second historic farmstead. Fee/Free.

Mayslake Peabody Estate

1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook, IL 60523. 630-206-9585. The Tudor Revival-style home began construction in 1919 for the coal baron Francis S. Peabody. Tours for schools and scouts explore the architecture of the house, its restoration, and the life of its owner. Fee.