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Charleston, Illinois, USA

Attractions in Charleston, Illinois


Historic Homes & Buildings

  • Five-Mile House
    Five miles South of Charleston on Hwy. 130
    217-348-0430, Built in 1836, the house received its name because it sits exactly five miles south of the Coles County Courthouse in Charleston.  more info  map

Historic Sites & Monuments

  • Charleston Riot Historical Marker
    On the Courthouse lawn
    217-348-0430, An artistic mural rendition can be seen at the corner of 6th Street and Jackson Ave. honoring the battle between southern sympathizers, Union soldiers, and citizens who... more info  map

  • Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site
    400 South Lincoln Highway Road, Charleston, IL 61920
    217-345-1845, The home of Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln, father and stepmother of our 16th president. The site includes a working, living history farm developed around a two-room... more info  map

  • Moore Home State Historic Site
    400 South Lincoln Highway Road, Charleston, IL 61920
    217-345-1845, Located just one mile north of Lincoln Log Cabin, the Moore home is the 1860's home of Abraham Lincoln's stepsister. It is here that Lincoln bid farewell to his... more info  map

  • Old City Cemetery and Chambers Cemetery
    Corner of Madison Ave. and "E" St.
    217-348-0430, Featuring the grave marker of Abraham Lincoln's "tutor", Dennis Friend Hanks. more info

  • Shiloh Cemetery
    Lincoln Highway Road
    217-345-6489, A final resting place for many Civil War veterans and for Thomas and Sarah Lincoln. more info  map

Museums & Galleries

  • City Art and Art on the Square
    520 Jackson Avenue, Charleston, IL 61920
    217-345-5650, Each month the work of a different area artist or art group is featured in the foyer of the City of Charleston Municipal Building and in What's Cookin' restaurant. more info  map

  • Dudley House Museum
    895 Seventh Street, Charleston, IL 61920
    217-345-2934, This Queen Anne-style house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features the original woodwork and the 1920's-1940's furnishings. more info  map

  • Greenwood School Museum
    800 Hayes Avenue, Charleston, IL 61920
    217-345-2934, A restored one-room schoolhouse from 1895-1945. more info  map

  • Lincoln-Douglas Debate Museum
    416 West Maison Avenue, Charleston, IL 61920
    Coles County Fairgrounds
    217-348-0430, The only museum in Illinois retracing the senatorial debates of 1858 between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. Offering exhibits and interactive displays. more info  map

  • Murals Around the Square
    Courthouse Square
    217-348-0430, An array of outdoor murals and sculptures highlight scenes of Charleston's rich heritage. more info  map

  • Tarble Arts Center
    South 9th St. at Cleveland Ave.
    217-581-2787, Exhibits showcase the art center's permanent collection and changing exhibits throughout the year. The center also features a gift shop, special events, and eduactional... more info  map

  • Tarble Arts Museum
    South Ninth at Cleveland Avenue
    217-581-2787, Changing art exhibitions, a gift shop, Illinois folk art, a chamber music series, classes, and workshops. more info  map

  • Thomas Lincoln Cemetery and Shiloh Church
    South 4th St./ Off of South Lincoln Hwy. Rd.
    217-345-1845, Features the burial site of Abraham Lincoln's father and stepmother. The church contains a stained glass window which includes a picture of Lincolns' cabin as it... more info  map

Parks, Gardens & Zoos

  • Lincoln Prairie Grass Trail
    5th St. and Railroad Ave.
    217-348-0430, Historical jogging, walking, equestrian, and biking trail. more info  map

  • Lytle Park
    3298 Cedar Avenue, Mattoon, IL 61938
    217-234-2464, Lytle Park is home to a 29,000 square foot swimming pool, six tennis courts, two pavilions, playground areas and 50 picnic tables. more info  map

  • Peterson Park
    500 Broadway Avenue, Mattoon, IL 61938
    217-234-3611, The largest park in Mattoon, Peterson Park consists of a baseball field, playground, Demars center, picnic areas and horseshoe pits. The park is available to rent for... more info  map


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