Vandalia in Fayette County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Where Did Lincoln Stay?
As the Illinois State Capital, Vandalia provided many hotels to serve the needs of legislators and visitors. Vandalia had at least eleven hotels that served the needs of travelers. Whenever a session of the legislature was in progress, these hotels or taverns were filled to the bursting point. The terms “hotel” and “tavern” were used almost interchangeably. Taverns of the time frequently had rooms or beds available for rent. They also provided hot meals and refreshments. The same was true for establishments known as hotels. These establishments were not the same as modern hotels. Frequently, there were a number of beds in one large room. A number of people might be sleeping together in that room. In some cases, people might even share the same bed. The details of Lincoln’s living arrangements in Vandalia are not precisely known. However, they were probably similar to the arrangements outlined above, which were prevalent at that time throughout Illinois.
Lincoln is said to have spent a whole legislative session and part of another at The Globe Hotel, also known as Lemuel Lee’s Tavern. Later, Abraham
Although Lincoln did not consume alcohol, many of his fellow legislators did. Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln’s perennial political adversary, served in the legislature with Lincoln. Douglas enjoyed socializing and is known to have partaken of alcoholic beverages. Douglas is said to have literally danced on the tables at one of Vandalia’s taverns during a particularly raucous evening.
The Charters Hotel stood on this very site. It was built and operated by John Charters until November 1835. At that time it was acquired by Thomas Redmond who operated the establishment under the name of Sign of the Green Tree. Advertisements of that day stated that the Charters Hotel could comfortably accommodate 100 people. The Charters Hotel was a highly visible landmark in the Vandalia community of the 1830’s, easily recognized by everyone.
Erected 2008 by Looking For Lincoln Heritage Coalition.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Looking for Lincoln marker series.
Location. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 401 West Gallatin Street, Vandalia IL 62471, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. The Charters Hotel (here, next to this marker); Site of Charters Hotel (was here, next to this marker but has been reported missing. ); Second State Capitol (a few steps from this marker); Madonna of the Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Cumberland Road (within shouting distance of this marker); First Elective Office (within shouting distance of this marker); First Protest Against Slavery (within shouting distance of this marker); Public Printer (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vandalia.
Also see . . .
1. Looking For Lincoln Story Trail. (Submitted on May 17, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. History of Vandalia, Illinois. (Submitted on May 17, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 5, 2020. This page originally submitted on May 17, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 585 times since then and 15 times this year. Last updated on January 5, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 17, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 6. submitted on May 15, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.