Sites & Attractions
Charleston Tourism Office
501 Jackson Avenue
(217) 348-0430
Map of Charleston

Lincoln-Douglas Debate Museum
Coles County Fairgrounds, 416 West Madison Avenue.
(217) 345-0430 (office) or (217) 345-7919 (museum)
Tour the only museum in Illinois retracing the senatorial debates of 1858 between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas.

Old City Cemetery and Chambers Cemetery
Corner of Madison Avenue and ‘E’ Street
(217) 348-0430
Discover the graves of Abraham Lincoln’s ‘tutor’, Dennis Friend Hanks (the grave is located on the southeast corner of Old City Cemetery).

Charleston Historic District
Seventh and Jackson Avenue
(217) 348-0430
The Courthouse Square and Historic District is Charleston's best kept secret.

Charleston Riot Historic Marker
Courthouse lawn, Southeast corner
(217) 348-0430

Greenwood School Museum (by appointment)
800 Hayes Avenue, EIU campus
(217) 345-2934

Dudley House Museum (by appointment)
895 7th Street
(217) 345-2934

Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site
400 South Lincoln Highway Road, 8 miles south of Charleston, Lerna
(217) 345-1845
Visit the 1840’s farm of Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln, parents of Abraham Lincoln. Then, visit the nearby Stephen Sargent farm, a second 1840’s farmstead that has been moved to the site to contrast the Sargent’s “progressive” farming with the Lincoln’s “traditional” farming lifestyle. See daily domestic and farming activities come alive on this “living historical farm.”

Moore Home State Historic Site
South 4th Street
South Lincoln Highway Road, Lerna
(217) 345-1845
Located just one mile north of Lincoln Log Cabin, this home is the 1860’s home of Abraham Lincoln’s stepsister, Matilda Hall Moore. It is here that Lincoln bid farewell to this stepmother on January 21, 1861 before leaving Illinois to become the 16th president.

Thomas Lincoln Cemetery and Shiloh Church
South 4th Street off of South Lincoln Highway Road, Lerna
(217) 345-1845
Visit this cemetery to see the burial site of Abraham Lincoln’s father and stepmother, Thomas Lincoln Sarah Bush Lincoln.

Five-Mile House
5 miles south of Charleston on Illinois Highway 130
(217) 348-0430
Built around 1840 with a Civil War era kitchen, this house sits exactly five miles southeast of the Coles County Courthouse.

“Murals Around The Square”
Courthouse Square
(217) 348-0430
An array of outdoor murals and sculptures highlight scenes of Charleston rich heritage. Informational packets are available at 520 Jackson Avenue.

Cityart and Arts On The Square
520 Jackson Avenue
(217) 345-5650
Each month the work of a different area artist or art group is featured in the foyer of the City of Charleston Municipal Building, sponsored by the Coles County Arts Council.

Tarble Arts Center
9th Street at Clevelend Avenue
Eastern Illinois University Campus
(217) 581-ARTS (2787)
Tarble Arts Center is open year round presenting art exhibitions, a gift shop, special events, performing arts, and educational programs.

EIU Village Theatre
960 18th Street
(217) 581-3110
The Village Theatre with its 183 seats in the round is the site of many theatrical performances.

EIU Symphony Orchestra Venues & Musical Venues
Eastern Illinois University campus
(217) 581-3010
The Department of Music offers a wide variety of recitals and concerts year around in the 600 seta Dvorak Concert Hall.

Charleston Community Theatre
Performances located at the Tarble Arts Center
2010 9th Street
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-2787

Charleston Alley Theatre
718 Monroe Avenue
(217) 345-2287 (CATS)
Located in the Historic Courthouse Square, a local theatre at its best, in an intimate setting, offering a wonderful mix of old and new drama.

AMC Showplace Mattoon 10
2509 Hurst Drive
Mattoon, IL 61938
Guest Services (217) 234-8900