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 Historical Society





Sangamon County Historical Society

Tour of Edwards Place--MEMBERS ONLY

  • April 07, 2015
  • 5:30 PM
  • 700 North 4th St., Springfield, IL


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After being closed for nearly a year, Edwards Place is getting ready to reopen to the public on Saturday, April 11.  Members of the Sangamon County Historical Society will get a free pre-public tour of the site on April 7.  Pre-registration will be required on-line or by phone. Registration will begin on March 1.  

The historic mansion, built in 1833, has been restored to reflect the time immediately following the house's 1857 remodel, when Abraham Lincoln and his contemporaries were frequent dinner guests.  

Restoration work, which began last May, included structural repairs to the plaster, updated electrical systems, refinished walnut trim, faux walnut graining on the pine trim, refinished chandeliers, reupholstered furniture, and the installation of period-appropriate wallpaper, carpeting, and window treatments.  In two instances, wallpaper patterns were reproduced from original 1850s fragments found during the restoration process.  

The restoration project cost $490,000.  The bulk of the funds were raised through private donations which were matched by a $150,000 challenge grant from the Jeffris Family Foundation of Wisconsin.  

The reopening celebration will kick off with a dinner gala on February 28.  Guests will step back in time to 1858 as they join Benjamin and Helen Edwards, Ninian and Elizabeth Edwards, Julia and Lyman Trumbull, Stephen A. Douglas, and Abraham and Mary Lincoln over a sumptuous four-course dinner inspired by the menu for Lincoln's 1865 Inaugural dinner.  

Tickets for that event are $200 per person.  All proceeds go towards the restoration of the second floor of Edwards Place and are matched by another grant from the Jeffris Family Foundation.  For gala ticket information visit or call 217-523-2631. 

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