Oak Ridge Cemetery, 1500 Monument Ave, Springfield
Daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(Oak Ridge Cemetery open 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. September through March and 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. April through August)
Site Holiday Closings:
New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day,
Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
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Dedicated in 1874, Lincoln Tomb is the final resting place of Abraham Lincoln, his wife Mary, and three of their four sons, Edward, William, and Thomas. The eldest son, Robert T. Lincoln, is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Also on the site is the public receiving vault, constructed ca. 1860, the scene of funeral services for Abraham Lincoln on May 4, 1865. In 1960 the Tomb was designated a National Historic Landmark and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.
The 117-foot Tomb, designed by sculptor Larkin Mead, is constructed of brick sheathed with Quincy granite. The base is 72-foot square with large semi-circular projections on the north and south sides. Double sets of north and south stairs lead to a terrace, above which rises the obelisk. At the corners of the shaft, large pedestals serve as bases for four bronze sculptures, each with a group of figures representing one of the four Civil War services—infantry, artillery, cavalry, and navy. A taller base on the obelisk’s south side holds a heroic bronze statue of Lincoln. At the Tomb entrance is a bronze reproduction of Gutzon Borglum’s marble head of Lincoln, located in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Interior rooms of the Tomb are finished in a highly polished marble trimmed with bronze. The south entrance opens into a rotunda, where two corridors lead into the burial chamber. The rotunda and corridors contain reduced-scale reproductions of important Lincoln statues as well as plaques with excerpts from Lincoln’s Springfield farewell speech, the Gettysburg Address, and his Second Inaugural Address. Lincoln’s remains rest in a concrete vault ten feet below the marble floor of the burial chamber. A massive granite cenotaph marking the gravesite is flanked by the Presidential flag and flags of the states in which the Lincoln family resided. Crypts in the chamber’s south wall hold the remains of Lincoln’s wife and three of their sons.
The Tomb's interior is accessible to persons with disabilities. The exterior upper deck is not.
The Oak Ridge Cemetery public receiving vault, the scene of President Lincoln’s funeral, is located at the base of a hill north of the Tomb.
The Lincoln Tomb co-hosts a number of special events with sponsoring groups: the “American Legion Lincoln’s Birthday Pilgrimage” on February 12, the “Veterans of Foreign Wars Annual Pilgrimage” on the Saturday nearest Lincoln’s birthday; the “Sons of Union Veterans Lincoln’s Death Anniversary Services” on April 15, and “Boy Scout Sunday” on the last Sunday in April. Every Tuesday evening from June 1 through August 31, Civil War reenactors from the 114th Illinois Infantry conduct flag-lowering ceremonies at the site. Contact the site for more information.
For tour groups of fifteen or more please acquire a reservation by calling the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-545-7300