Welcome to Elijah Iles' House

  • Private Performance for Iles House Volunteers, Members and Friends Only.

    To all members, volunteers and friends of the Elijah Iles House: You are invited to a special preview screening of “The Mysterious Bard of Sangamo” "The Mysterious Bard of Sangamo," a play in two acts by John Hallwas, professor emeritus of English and History, Western Illinois University, and starring Chicago-based actor Victor Holstein, is an intimate recital and conversation with early Springfield poet John Hancock, who lived and roamed Springfield and Sangamon County from 1833-1847. Original…

  • Opening Saturay April 24 From 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

    We plan to open for the public on Sat. 24 April, from noon to 4 pm. Maybe later in the year we can also open on Wednesdays, but right now the plan is only Saturdays. New exhibit: Art and furniture from the home of Phyllis Herndon Brissenden (d. 2019). Also, regular house tours. We no longer have any telephone. Please contact us via IlesHouse1998@gmail.com. Or, Elijah Iles House, PO Box 144, Springfield, IL 62705 for any mail.

  • A New Future for the Elijah Iles House

    Dear Iles House Member: We are pleased to let you know about a new vision for the Elijah Iles House. The Board of Directors has chosen to offer the Iles House and grounds to the National Park Service (NPS), thus assuring its care and maintenance for future generations. If accepted, the Iles House will become a part of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site. This action is prompted by a proposal of The Abraham Lincoln Association (ALA) to reconstruct the Lincoln Cottage as it looked when t…


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