Vachel Lindsay Home

603 South 5th Street, Springfield

Open: Tour​ times by appointment only.
Closed on Columbus Day


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In the heart of our country stands the home of Vachel Lindsay - poet, illustrator, and pioneering film critic. From this lifelong base, Lindsay travelled America, thrilling early twentieth-century audiences with his powerful spoken-word performances. In his lifetime, Lindsay rose to international fame. Today, his words continue to inspire people of all ages.

We invite you to see and experience the Vachel Lindsay Home by joining us for a 30-minute guided tour of the site.

Reservations are strongly recommended due to limited tour capacity and can be made on this page. If you need assistance making your reservation online, please call us at 217-524-0901 or email

There is no charge for the tour, but donations to support the historic site are appreciated. 

Book your Tour Reservation 



Please report to the front door of the house at 603 S. Fifth Street 5-10 minutes before your reserved tour time to check in and begin your tour. Guests without a reservation may also stop by the front door to inquire about tour availability. 

Tour Policies

  1. No more than three guests will be permitted on each tour. This includes adults, children and infants. Please be sure to reserve a ticket for all members of your party.
  2. All guests will be required to register, either by making an advance reservation or by registering at the door as they arrive. Walk-up guests will only be permitted if the tour is not already at capacity, and walk-up guests must register before entering the house.
  3. All guests will have their body temperature checked with a touchless thermometer before the tour begins; guests with a fever will not be permitted to tour the house. If you are feeling ill or experiencing any COVID-like symptoms, please stay home and reschedule your tour when you are well.
  4. The Vachel Lindsay Home has several small interior spaces. A face covering which is worn over your nose and mouth is required for entry to the site, and must be worn for the duration of the tour. Guests under the age of 3 are exempt from this requirement. If you do not have a face covering, please stop by the Visit Springfield office at 1 S. Old State Capitol Plaza (Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices building) for a free face covering.
  5. Guests will be required to wear gloves throughout the tour, and use hand sanitizer stations provided. Guests will not be permitted to touch any furniture, artwork or other artifacts in the house, regardless of whether they are wearing gloves/using sanitizer. Gloves are provided free on site for guests touring the house.
  6. Guests will be expected to maintain at least a six foot distance from those not in their household, in areas of the site where this is possible. 
  7. The Vachel Lindsay Home is two stories and requires the use of stairs to access all entrances and exits. Please keep this in mind when making your reservations.


Metered street parking is available along Fifth Street in front of the house. Please note meters are enforced Monday-Friday only; it is not necessary to pay the meters on the weekends.

Vachel Lindsay Home guests are also welcome to use the free parking lot for the Dana-Thomas House located on Cook Street, behind the YMCA and just west of the railroad tracks. The lot is directly across the street from 225 E. Cook. It is approximately three blocks from the Lindsay Home.

Photography Policy

Photography, video and other recording are permitted throughout the site, both indoors and out, with the exception of drone photography.


IDNR Information

Justin Blandford, Superintendent 

Office of Land Management, Historic Sites Division


Social Media


Instagram: @statehistoricsitesspringfield


Visit the Vachel Lindsay Home Association's website.