From the windows in The Sitting Room, at the southeast corner of the second floor of the Vrooman Mansion, you can see a small park where The Lincoln Oak Tree once stood. The oak tree was a spot for several of Lincoln's speeches as well as Stephan A. Douglas between 1855 and 1860. In 1914 the tree was dedicated and a plaque was erected. Vachel Lindsey, a poet, was the dedication speaker and the plaque was written by Adlai E. Steveson, it read: “I have heard Stephen A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln at different times speak from a platform erected under the shade of this tree. This historic spot was then a part of Dimmitt’s Grove.” The original Lincoln Oak died in 1976, a new oak tree was planted later at the site.
A visit to Judge David Davis' estate offers a glimpse into the lives of the wealthy and powerful of its day. Davis helped Abraham Lincoln win the 1860 Presidential nomination, in turn, Lincoln appointed Davis to the United States Supreme Court.
Combining scholarship and showmanship, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in downtown Springfield, IL communicates the amazing life and times of Abraham Lincoln in unforgettable ways.
Bloomington, IL 61701
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