Quincy's Significant Lincoln Legacy

You are entering an area with a significant Lincoln Legacy. Lincoln’s Quincy connections were vital to his political career, and Quincy was a crucial “gateway to the South” during the Civil War. It is one of six cities in the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area designated a Gateway Community. These gateway sites serve as entry points to the National Heritage Area and introduce visitors to local and regional Lincoln stories.

Located along the shores of the Mississippi, Quincy was well known to Lincoln, and he counted some of its residents among his closest friends. It was here that the sixth LincolnDouglas Debate occurred in Washington Square (now Washington Park). With an estimated crowd of 12,000 in attendance, Quincy was the largest community in which the two challengers debated. It was the turning point of the campaign and Lincoln’s career, as he made his strongest public stand yet against slavery.

Eells House 415 Jersey | Quincy, IL 62301 | 217.223.1800 | View Location Details »
Search for Equality 415 Mulberry Alley | Quincy, IL 62301 | View Location Details »
John Wood Mansion 425 S. 12th | Quincy, IL 62301 | 217.222.1835 | View Location Details »
Tri-State Business Center Front and Broadway | Quincy, IL 62301 | View Location Details »
Frontier Illinois Front and Payson | Quincy, IL 62301 | View Location Details »
Political Allies 12th & State | Quincy, IL 62301 | View Location Details »
Quincy’s Early Environment 16th & Maine | Quincy, IL 62301 | View Location Details »
Woodland Cemetery 1020 S 5th | Quincy, IL 62301 | 217.222.2412 | View Location Details »
Lincoln Recuperates 9th & Hampshire | Quincy, IL 62301 | View Location Details »
Warm, Sincere Friendship 8th & Hampshire | Quincy, IL 62301 | View Location Details »
Lincoln’s Confidante 8th & Hampshire | Quincy, IL 62301 | View Location Details »
Quinsippi Island/Log Cabin Village 1100 Quinsippi Island Rd | Quincy, IL 62301 | 217.223.9078 | View Location Details »
Quincy Museum 1601 Maine | Quincy, IL 62301 | 217.224.7669 | View Location Details »
Abe Lincoln’s Talking Houses 224 W. Washington | Pittsfield, IL 62363 | 217.285.2971 | View Location Details »
The History Museum 332 Maine | Quincy, IL 62305 | 217.214.1888 | View Location Details »
Washington Park 202 N 5th St | Quincy, IL 62301 | 217.228.8696 | View Location Details »
Clat Adams Bicentennial Park 201 N Front | Quincy, IL 62301 | View Location Details »