The number of visitors this landmark attracts to Oak Ridge Cemetery each year is surpassed only by Arlington National Cemetery. It’s a tradition to rub the nose of Lincoln’s bronze visage for luck.
Abraham Lincoln was buried in Springfield’s Oak Ridge Cemetery at the request of Mrs. Lincoln after his assassination in 1865. The monument was designed by sculptor Larkin Mead, completed in 1874, and paid for with public donations. The original receiving vault in which Abraham Lincoln was buried can be seen on a tour of the cemetery. (Be sure to ask about the special Civil War Retreat Ceremony held at the Tomb each Tuesday evening during the summer.)
The 365-acre Oak Ridge Cemetery is also the final resting place of seventy other notable historic figures including labor leader John L. Lewis, the famous poet Vachel Lindsay, four Illinois governors, and Lincoln’s law partner, William Herndon. An audio tour, entitled "Stories in Stone," provides a guided tour of unique monuments from the 1800s. The cemetery office is located at the Monument Avenue entrance to the cemetery.