Lincoln frequented the law offices of David Davis and the bank owned by Asahel Gridley.
The beautifully restored, nineteenth-century estate tells the story of Judge David Davis, whose influence on Abraham Lincoln's legal and political career was crucial to President Lincoln's success.
Illinois' first public university was founded here under the leadership of Jesse Fell with legal assistance from Lincoln.
Lincoln won a landmark case for the railroad, and then was forced to sue the company for his fee.
Lincoln argued many cases in an earlier courthouse located at the site across the street.
Fell's home was often the gathering place for Lincoln's friends and political allies as they planned election strategies.
Two lots at this site were owned by Lincoln for nearly five years. The property was later purchased by the widow of Dr. Eli Crothers.
Lincoln stayed in the hotel owned by his friend John Ewing. The Ewing family later became part of the Adlai Stevenson political dynasty.
Lincoln spoke from the portico of the Pike House hotel on the evening of May 28, 1856.
Lincoln's fiery speech against the Kansas-Nebraska Act launched him as the leader of the Illinois Republican Party.
Jesse Fell invited Lincoln to Kersey Fell's law office and pressed him about writing an autobiography to help promote his presidential candidacy.