Built in 1833, Edwards Place is a historic, Italianate style house in Springfield, Illinois. It is the oldest home in the city still on its original foundation. Like many other buildings in the area, it has connections to Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd, went there on many occasions to socialize with their good friends Benjamin Edwards and his wife Helen. It is now a museum showing the social and political life of the 19th century. It contains several artifacts and furniture from the time period, including the "courting couch" on which Abraham Lincoln and Mary sat on during their courtship. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1969.
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