History and Heritage

Lincoln – Manahan Home Museum

Sterling , IL

For details as to how Lincoln wound up at the Manahan Home, its connections to the founding of the Republican Party in Illinois and the Underground Railroad stop by for a tour!

The Sterling- Rock Falls Historical Society purchased the building at 607 E. 3rd St., Sterling in March 2007.  This was the home of the Manahan family where Lincoln stayed during his visit to Sterling, July 18, 1856.  The original portion of the home was built in 1847, making this one of the oldest surviving structures in the Rock Falls - Sterling Area. The Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society purchased it to save and return it to a home with the look and feel of the time when Lincoln visited in 1856. Restoration began in 2007 and when the restoration was completed the Lincoln-Manahan Home Museum was dedicated on July 18, 2011 exactly 155 years to the day after Lincoln spent the night.

Lincoln Learning Center

The Society recently raised $85,000 to purchase the property next to the Lincoln-Manahan Home Museum, formerly the C & E Glass building.  This will be used to complement the LMHM as the Lincoln Learning Center.  Projected uses include classroom space for school tours, lectures, pioneer craft days, ice cream socials and anything relating to Lincoln and the early history of Northern Illinois.  The museum has regular hours but is open other times by appointment. For group tours, call 815-622-6215.


Additional Info

  • What To Do: History and Heritage
  • Address: 603 E. Third Street
  • City: Sterling
  • State: IL
  • Postcode: 61081
  • Telephone: (815) 622-6215
  • Hours - Sat.: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Hours - Sun.: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Season Open: April 1
  • Season Close: November 1
  • Open to Public?: Yes
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