Tourists dismayed that Lincoln home closed by fed shutdown

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Some tourists visiting Springfield are disappointed that the partial federal government shutdown has left Abraham Lincoln’s home closed to tours.

The Lincoln Home National Historic Site closed when the shutdown began Friday in the fight over funding for President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall.

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Park Service operates the home, where Lincoln lived with his family for 17 years.

Palatine resident John Park was disappointed Sunday to find the home closed after he, his wife and two sons made a special trip to Springfield to re-visit the historic site they’d toured 20 years ago.

Parks tells the State Journal-Register they were trying “to re-create our family memory.”

Downtown Springfield Inc.’s executive director, Lisa Clemmons Stott, says the government shutdown is bad news for tourism.

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