Old Lincoln Courtroom and Museum

The Old Lincoln Courtroom & Museum in Beardstown is one of the most exceptional sights on the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Trail.

The Beardstown Historical Museum, housed in the Courthouse, has some very fine collections, including historically and culturally significant objects and artifacts relating to the community, the central Illinois region, and our Native American Heritage.

The Visitors Center/River Museum is housed in the Chamber of Commerce office (and Lincoln Courthouse). The River Museum features items related to the Illinois River and the river’s importance in the development of the city and surrounding area. Displays include handcrafted models of river boats, modern and antique equipment used in working the river such as ice cutting saws, hunting and  fishing tackle and boat and barge gear. This unique museum serves as an educational tool to continually remind us of our roots.

Do you know that the courtroom in Beardstown where Lincoln defended Duff Armstrong in the famous Almanac Trial is the only courtroom where Lincoln practiced that is still used as a courtroom to this day?

There is another exclusive fact associated with that trial and Mr. Lincoln. Visit our Historical Site and find out what that fact is, as well as other facts about our 16th President.


  • Paula Woods, Chair – 217-323-4514 – pmw41@casscomm.com
  • Ron Culves, Treasurer – rculves@aol.com
  • Chris Massie – 217-997-5971 – ifp@casscomm.com
  • Randy Reichert – 217-323-4597 – suereichert@casscomm.com
  • Nancy Bley
  • Dick Zillion
  • Keith Rice


101 West 3rd Street
Beardstown, IL 62618




April 1-December 1: Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m

Can call for an appointment!

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