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Charleston, Illinois

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Dennis Hanks Gravesite

Discover the grave marker of Abraham Lincoln's "tutor," Dennis Friend Hanks (the grave is located on the southeast corner of Old City Cemetery)

Charleston, IL Cemeteries

Thomas Lincoln Cemetary and Shiloh Church

The final resting place for a great many Civil War veterans and for Thomas and Sarah Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln's father and stepmother. The church is open to the public. The south stained glass window includes a picture of the Lincolns'

Charleston, IL Cemeteries

Murals Around The Square

Charleston's reputation as a city of murals is growing more and more as visitors learn of the project. The murals around the square are worth a walking tour. The tour spans a seven block area. This mural was painted by Glen C. Davies of Urbana. The mural is located on the east side of 5

Charleston, IL Murals

Dudley House Museum

Tour this Queen Anne-style house listed on the National Register of Historic Places to appreciate the original woodwork, the 1920's and 1940'

Charleston, IL Museums

Lincoln Douglas Debate Museum

Tour the only museum in Illinois retracing the senatorial debates of 1858 between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. The museum offers exhibits and interactive displays that tell the story of the debates through film, audio selections, artifacts and photos. The museum also includes a Children'

Charleston, IL Museums

Things to do near Charleston, IL

Grave Of Sarah Hanks Varnell

Abraham Lincoln's aunt was buried in Ogden County cemetary in 1876 after living a long life in Edgar County....

Skyview Drive-In

The Skyview Drive-In has been continuously operating since 1950. This Route 66 hall of fame site is open daily in the summer ...

Pioneer Winery

Located in historic downtown Palestine, the Pioneer Winery features a wide selection of local wines plus accessories and gift...

Indian Treaty Site

A marker commemorates where two important trails intersected on the prairie - Detroit to St Louis and Peoria to Terre Haute. ...

Lamon House

The 1840's Lamon House is believed to be the oldest frame residence in the area. It was constructed by Joseph Lamon, cousin o...