The house was purchased by Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln in 1844, and it was the only home that Lincoln ever owned. Located at the corner of Eighth and Jackson, the house has twelve rooms spread over two floors. During the time he lived here, Lincoln was elected to the House of Representatives in 1846, and elected President in 1860.
|Historic site around Lincoln,s Home|
|Lincoln,s Home through the lens of a Bronze Plate Camera|
Norb Andy’s, is one of the oldest establishments in Springfield, and was named after its longest single owner, Norbert Anderson. Norb owned and ran the restaurant and bar from 1937 to 1980. Much of his original creation remains in the nautical themed wall art, including the prized knot collection proudly displayed above the fireplace. The basement bar resides in the Hickox Building, and was originally constructed as a home in 1837 by Virgil Hickox. Legends exist that although Mr. Hickox was a friend of Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln may have, on occasion, paid a visit to the Hickox home. In the late 1800’s, the Hickox home served as the first location of the Sangamo Club, and later was the office of the coroner and a funeral home. During prohibition in the 1920’s, the basement served as a speakeasy. A panic button still exists in the back of the bar where imbibers could warn others of police raids. Once liquor was again made legal, “Hoot” Francis acquired one of the first liquor licenses in the city of Springfield. (Text courtesy of norbandys.com).
|Old State Capitol Building|
|Current State Capitol Building|