Lincoln Tomb

 

Oak Ridge Cemetery
1500 Monument Ave. (Cross Street: N. Grand Ave.)
Springfield, IL 62702
217-782-2717
www.illinoishistory.gov/hs/lincoln_tomb.htm

A quiet, tree-lined hill in Oak Ridge Cemetery is the final resting place of Abraham Lincoln, his wife Mary Todd and three of their sons—Edward, William and Thomas. The eldest, Robert, is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Dedicated in 1874, the tomb was designed by sculptor Larkin G. Meade, who also created the standing figure of Lincoln and the military groups atop the structure. The bust of Lincoln outside the entrance is by Gutzon Borglum, best known for his monumental sculptures on Mount Rushmore. The tomb and its forecourt are wheelchair accessible, with designated parking nearby.

Hours

  • Nov-Feb
    • Tues-Sat: 9am-4pm
  • March-April
    • Tues-Sat: 9am-5pm
  • May-Sept 7
    • Daily: 9am-5pm
  • Sept 8-Oct. 31
    • Tues-Sat: 9am-5pm
  • Note: Civil War re-enactors conduct flag lowering ceremonies each Tuesday evening from June 1 to August 31. Call for other special events.

Admission

  • Free
  • Group tours by appointment only. For groups of 15 or more, call the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, 217-789-2360, or reserve online at www.visit-springfieldillinois.com/Tours

Parking/Loading Zone

  • Accessible loading zone
  • Private parking lot—designated accessible spaces

Educational Programs

  • None

Features for People with Service Animals

  • Nearest natural surface/grassy dog relief area
    • Location—throughout cemetery

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Features for People with Vision Loss

  • Orientation/guided tour of tomb—on request
  • Height clearance at least 80
  • No undetectable protruding objects in path of travel
  • Note: Low lighting and bronze plaques make it difficult to read inscriptions. Staff may allow persons who are blind to touch the tomb

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Accessible Entrance

  • Level entry
  • Door has at least 32" clearance
  • Threshold less than 1/2" beveled
  • Note: Door kept open or staff are on hand to open

Assistive Equipment for Guests with Physical Disabilities

  • None

Interior Access

  • Corridor/path of travel at least 36" wide

Exterior Access

  • Sidewalk/path of travel at least 36" wide
  • Surface material—concrete and granite
  • Note: Only the tomb itself and forecourt with bronze bust of Lincoln are accessible. The terrace above the tomb, above which rises the obelisk, is reached by twin staircases.

Accessible Facilities/Amenities

  • Brochure rack

Exhibits

  • On accessible route
  • Space to approach/view/maneuver
  • Labels are viewable from seated position
  • Note: Exhibits are reduced-scale bronze reproductions of important Lincoln statues and brass plaques with quotes from his famous speeches.

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Accessible Public Restroom

  • Men's and Women's
  • Location
    • Opposite side of parking lot
  • Access symbol identifies facility
  • Entry door at least 32" clearance
  • Threshold less than 1/2" beveled
  • Space in restroom to maneuver—5' by 5' or T-shaped space to turn
  • Wheelchair stall 60" by 58"/60" minimum
  • Stall door at least 32" clearance
  • Stall door swings out
  • Grab bar behind and alongside toilet
  • Lateral transfer space at least 30" wide
  • Toilet height 17" to 19"
  • Roll under sink with knee clearance at least 27" high and 30" wide
  • Mirror 40" or less from floor or tilted
  • Towels within reach—48" or less from floor
  • Faucet controls automatic or lever type
  • Easy grasp/lever handle or none
  • Note: Sink pipes covered by metal box with sharp edges. Stall door has no latch. Toilet centerline 22" from wall.

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