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Vachel Lindsay Home

Vachel Lindsay Home

603 South 5th Street, Springfield, IL

Home of Nicholas Vachel Lindsay, the “Prairie Troubadour”, who won fame in the early decades of the twentieth century for his style of syncopated repetitive poetry written to be performed. He also wrote prose and was an artist, working primarily in pen and ink. The 1840s Greek Revival home was owned in the mid-1800s by Abraham Lincoln’s sister-in-law and her husband, who often entertained the Lincolns here. Vachel Lindsay’s parents bought the home in 1878, and added ten rooms in the Eastlake style in 1893. Vachel was born here in 1879 and it remained his only and beloved home until his death in 1931. Lindsay called this house his “hereditary castle”. The Vachel Lindsay Home has many original fixtures and furnishings. Open for tours. Call for touring information 217-524-0901. This house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.