Very Limited Quantities, Built in 1833 Edwards Place is the oldest surviving house in Springfield. the name Edwards Place come from the home’s most prominent citizens, Helen and Benjamin Edwards who lived there for 1843 to 1909, the year of Helen’s death.
Benjamin Edwards was and attorney, youngest son of Governor Ninian Edwardsm and brother-in-law of Mary Lincoln’s sister Elizabeth. In the years before the Civil War Edwards Place hosted prominent citizens such as Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas at lavish parties and legislative receptions. In 1913 Alice Edwards Ferguson, the second of the Edwards three Daughters, presented her family’s home to the newly incorporation Springfield Art Association to be used as ab art school and exhibition space. Today, as a house museum, the historic home is being restored to its mid-nineteenth century spender.