All History & Culture in Vandalia

  • National Road Interpretive Center

    Learn the history of travel and transportation in the early days of our country through interactive maps, exhibits and films. You’ll see how the National Road was an important factor in the westward expansion. The Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

  • Looking for Lincoln Storyboards

    Ten storyboards depicting Abraham Lincoln’s early years as a legislator are installed around Vandalia. Find out about his early romance with Mary Owens, his first protest against slavery and many other little-known historical facts.

  • Little Brick House

    The house is filled with china, furniture, engravings and books belonging to settlers during the time Abraham Lincoln attended the legislature (1834-1839). Tours by appointment.

  • Lincoln Marker

    On a large natural stone in the Park, you can see the trail reported to have been used by Abraham Lincoln and others as they traveled between Vandalia and Springfield, IL in the early 1800s. The Lincoln Trail is on the National Registry of Historic Places.

  • Lincoln Park

    Located across the street from Illinois’ Oldest State Capitol, the park features a life-size bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln designed by world-renowned Lincoln sculptor, John McClarey.

  • Historic National Road Scenic Byway

    The National Road is called the “road that built the nation” because it was the first highway in American history. Today the National Road in Illinois covers 164 miles, from Marshall and the Wabash Valley, to East St. Louis and the Mississipi River.