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Oak Ridge Cemetery

1500 Monument Ave, Springfield, Illinois 62702 USA

Free
Free to Visit
Closed Now
Opens Sun 7a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    not Accepted
  • Not Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • No Public
    Restrooms
  • No Wifi
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“Memorializing and remember the past”

The Cemetery has memorials for the Korean War, World War II and the Illinois Vietnam Veterans Memorial. “On May 14, 1856, an ordinance was passed forbidding the further establishment of burying grounds within the city of Springfield. A tract of land containing twenty-eight and one half acres, lying two miles north of the Capitol, was purchased by the City, for the establishment of a Cemetery, adequate to the necessities of the growing city, and sufficiently remote from the business center and every - day life to render a fitting abode to the dead.”  (Oak Ridge Cemetery Records) Since 1865, the cemetery has grown to be the largest Municipal cemetery in the state of Illinois, encompassing 365 acres of beautiful rolling prairie land, thousands of hardwoods and conifers, and over 75,000 interments. Oak Ridge Cemetery has the distinction of being the second most visited cemetery in the nation, second only to Arlington National Cemetery.  Almost one million visitors enter our gates annually not only to pay respects to their deceased families and ancestors, but to also visit the final resting place and pay homage to our distinguished sixteenth President, Abraham Lincoln. Over eighty other notable dignitaries are interred at Oak Ridge Cemetery including several former governors and legislators.  Labor leader John L. Lewis and John Kelly, the first settler in Springfield as well as world famous poet and singing troubadour Vachel Lindsay are also among the notables interred at Oak Ridge.  Please take the cemetery tour on this website to discover more of the history of Oak Ridge Cemetery.

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Reviewed by
Tone_Man

  • 3 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
August 26, 2013

I wasnt able to go in but impressive. If you walk to the back then down there is a holding chamber that is quite interesting that Abe and his sons were held in the tomb below while they built the official tomb. Very cool piece of history.

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Reviewed by
tc28

  • 20 Reviews
  • 40 Helpful
August 18, 2013

You can actually go inside the tomb. We had to take turns going in since we had our dog and he was not allowed inside the tomb.

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Reviewed by
karicyhaniuk

  • 10 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
September 17, 2018
Rated 5.0

Impressive to say the least. We visited Lincoln’s tomb as well as the war memorials. The grounds were beautiful and well kept. There were restrooms right next to parking lot for Lincoln’s memorial. Great place to stop and read for a bit.

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gina.bradley.5

  • 17 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
August 13, 2018
Rated 5.0

One of three spots on a Lincoln visit to Springfield. We started with a visit to the final resting place of President Lincoln and his family. It is a national treasure and a humbling and serene place to visit. You can't help but feel the emotion for one of our nations most caring leaders. You almost feel the burdens that weighted him during his time in office. If you are close to Springfield IL Lincolns tomb must be a stop for sure.

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Oak Ridge Cemetery

1500 Monument Ave
Springfield, Illinois
62702 USA

Hours

Closed Now
  • Sun: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards not Accepted
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Public Restrooms
  • No Wifi
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