914 South 5th Street, Lincoln
“Effective 3/13/2020: The Postville Courthouse site is closed until further notice.”
Other tour times by appointment
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Postville Courthouse is a reproduction of Logan County’s first seat of government. Constructed in 1840, the original building until 1848 was one of the courts in which Abraham Lincoln argued cases while traveling the historic Eighth Judicial Circuit. Long after being converted to residential use, the original courthouse was purchased by Henry Ford and in 1929 moved to his Dearborn, Michigan, Greenfield Village museum. This replica was constructed in 1953 on the original site as part of the city of Lincoln’s centennial celebration.
The two-story frame Courthouse sits near the center of a landscaped city block. The first floor has a reception and orientation room and an exhibit gallery. On the second floor are rooms representing an 1840s courtroom and a county office.
Visitors can view exhibits on the legal system in mid-nineteenth century Illinois and the experiences of judicial officials and attorneys, among them Abraham Lincoln, who traveled the Eighth Judicial Circuit. A guided tour is available of the recreated second-story courtroom and county office. The first floor is accessible to persons with disabilities; the second floor and basement, including public restrooms, are not.
Annual events at the courthouse:
- Abraham Lincoln Birthday Party open house held the Saturday before Lincoln's birthday. Activities include a guest speaker and entertainment.
- 1840's craft fair held the last Sunday in August, which brings crafters from three states.
For further information regarding our annual events, please call 217/732-8687.