Happy Birthday to our 16th President!
Stay in our vintage mansion in the heart of the historic district as you follow in the steps of Abraham Lincoln in Jacksonville, Illinois. Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast is located on the Looking for Lincoln Story Trail, a driving tour that shares intriguing Abraham Lincoln stories unique to many communities throughout Illinois. Travel the circuit as you learn about Abraham Lincoln and the people and events he was connected to. Jacksonville hosts 10 Wayside Exhibits, a series of exhibits which highlight Lincoln’s ties to our community. Many of these exhibits are part of the Voices of Jacksonville Audio Tour, with entertaining and educational dramatizations of stories about the local Lincoln connections.
Dine at Lonzerotti’s Italia Restaurant, located in a restored train depot built in the early 1900’s, as you spend the day exploring the exhibits. Tour the Governor Duncan Mansion, the only existing Governor’s mansion outside of Springfield, and step back in time at Woodlawn Farm, an early agricultural center and the showcase homestead of Jacksonville’s extensive Underground Railroad network. After exploring Jacksonville, head to Springfield, a short 30 minute drive, where you’ll find at least 48 exhibits, along with other Lincoln historic sites. The Looking for Lincoln sites are a treasure for the history buff and for all who appreciate the life and times of President Abraham Lincoln. Have you new National Park Service (NPS) Passport stamped along the way! In all, there are 215 Looking for Lincoln exhibits in 52 communities throughout Illinois.