Elijah Iles House
Springfield's Oldest Home

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1830s Historic Home Open To The Public In Springfield

House Information

  • Oldest House in Springfield
  • Contains Original Siding, Interior Wood Work, Hardware, Flooring, and Walls
  • Abraham Lincoln Frequently Visited
  • Springfield Museum on Lower Level
  • Barringer Collection of Furniture and Accessories
  • Available for Social or Business Event Rental

Iles House Events Calendar

Friday, April 28, 2017 • 628 s. 7th st
Saturday, May 06, 2017 5:30 PM • Elijah Iles House

Future Events at the Elijah Iles House

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Grand Opening of New Exhibit

Looking Back   Looking Forward


At noon on Saturday, May 13, the Iles House will continue celebrating its 180th birthday with an opening of a new exhibit, Looking Back  Looking Forward.  The exhibit will feature historic photographs of the Iles House and its residents as well as photographs from the time the house was moved in 1998 until present. 

On display will also be several important drawings of the Iles House of the future, including the dream of a new carriage house for additional display and work space.

 June 23, Friday, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. 

Summer Porch Chat

            Thomas Lincoln Reconsidered:

-- William E. Bartelt   Author of There I Grew Up: Remembering Abraham Lincoln's Indiana Youth.  Mr. Bartelt spent several summers as    a guide at Lincoln's Boyhood Home in Spencer County, Indiana.

-- Brian Dirck  Author of Lincoln in Indiana, and professor of history at Anderson University in Indiana.

-- Steve Haaff  of Dale, Indiana, a woodworker and expert on Thomas Lincoln furniture.

-- Matthew Mittlestaedt  IHPA site manager at Lincoln Log Cabin Historic Site

-- R. Dale Ogden  Chief Curator of History & Culture, Indiana State Museum & Historic Sites


July 4, Tuesday, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

Clara Irwin’s Annual Strawberry and Lawn Party.  Live music, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and picnic meals for sale 

Ongoing: Our Fabulous collection of Illinois pocket watches and 
Sangamo Electric clocks in the Farrell and Ann Gay Museum of
 Springfield History, Iles House, lower level.  Come pay us a visit!


2016 Fireside Chats Now Online


This fall, the Iles House presented its annual "Fireside Chats" series to enthusiastic audiences.  These have also been videotaped and are accessible by clicking on the links below:


An Evening with Mark McDonald: Join Mark as he speaks about his career producing his well-regarded “Illinois Stories” for WSEC Network Knowledge, and shares his and Dr. Gregory Mishkel’s newly won Emmy Award in the Interview/Discussion category for “Cardia: Hearts and Sciences.” (38 minutes)

Establishing SpringfieldLinda Garvert speaks on the men and politics involved in the creation and early growth of Springfield, beginning with the first settlers and concluding with the issuance of Springfield’s city charter in 1840. (45 minutes)

Archaeological Investigations for the Carpenter Street Underpass Project: Floyd Mansberger relates stories of the excavation and research of buildings on Tenth Street between Madison and Mason Streets as a prerequisite to construction of the high speed rail line through Springfield.  He describes how his company, Fever River Research, selected where to excavate, and how the artifacts they found there speak about the lives of the people who lived in the Badlands area before it was destroyed by fire in the 1908 race riots. (52 minutes) NOTE: late in this video, a very long web address leads to a PDF file of the official report to the Federal Railroad Administration, but you can easily reach it by clicking here. (It’s a long report and may take a while to download.)

Last summer, the Iles House sponsored a series of “Porchside Chats” on a variety of subjects, presented by distinguished Springfieldians and Lincoln Historians.  Each of these was videotaped, and now four of them are available online.  To view these chats, just click on the title.

Strozier vs. HartCharles Strozier and Richard Hart debate the relationship between Abraham Lincoln and his Father, Thomas.

A Life Spent With LincolnDr. Wayne Temple, an eminent Lincoln Scholar recalls his academic life spent researching and writing about our 16th President, interviewed by Dave Joens.

Lincoln's First Year in IllinoisJudge Ron Spears gives an account of Lincoln’s early life in Illinois, with emphasis on The Lincoln Homestead State Park near Decatur.

The Admiral's Sea StoriesRetired VADM Ron Thunman, who was in charge of the U.S. Navy’s Atlantic submarine fleet, tells stories of his time in the service, including the finding of the Titanic.

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