Courthouse is a reproduction of Logan County’s first seat
of government. Constructed in 1840, the original building until
1848 was one of the courts in which Abraham Lincoln argued cases
while traveling the historic Eighth Judicial Circuit. Long after
being converted to residential use, the original courthouse was
purchased by Henry Ford and in 1929 moved to his Dearborn, Michigan,
Greenfield Village museum. This replica was constructed in 1953
on the original site as part of the city of Lincoln’s centennial
The two-story frame Courthouse sits near the center of a landscaped
city block. The first floor has a reception and orientation room
and an exhibit gallery. On the second floor are rooms representing
an 1840s courtroom and a county office.
Visitors can view exhibits on the legal system in mid-nineteenth
century Illinois and the experiences of judicial officials and attorneys,
among them Abraham Lincoln, who traveled the Eighth Judicial Circuit.
A guided tour is available of the recreated second-story courtroom
and county office. The first floor is accessible to persons with
disabilities; the second floor and basement, including public restrooms,
Annual events at the courthouse:
Abraham Lincoln Birthday Party open house held the Saturday
before Lincoln's birthday. Activities include a guest speaker
1840's craft fair held the last Sunday in August, which brings
crafters from three states.
For further information regarding our annual events, please contact
the site directly at 217/732-8687.