Champaign County's Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln spent nearly 20 years of his life practicing law on the 8th judicial circuit, traveling from one county seat to another. Even as the circuit shrank while population grew (from 8 counties in 1841 to 15 counties in 1845 to 8 in 1853 to 5 in 1857) the county seat of Urbana in Champaign County was always on Lincoln’s circuit. Each fall and spring, Lincoln traveled the dusty roads from Decatur to Urbana to Danville often with a group of lawyers and a judge assisting in whatever civil and criminal cases were before the court.
In this exhibit, learn who Lincoln knew, where he went, and how he politicked in Champaign County. Enter the county as Lincoln did by sitting in his buggy, listen to the crowd as they await Lincoln’s speech in the Goose Pond Church, mourn with your fellow citizens as they hear news of Lincoln’s assassination. This exhibit will take you back to the time when the future president walked our streets.