The Washington County Courthouse was the second courthouse I saw today that was undergoing some historic preservation. Additionally, the 1816 date on the front of the building would make this the oldest courthouse I've yet seen. Much like the rest of the state, Springfield is pretty Lincoln obsessed, being that his parents were married here, he lived here when he was younger, etc. I only wish that Springfield had won the contest on "The Simpsons" a few years ago to become the official Simpsons hometown. I mean, it's already right next door to a Shelbyville. It makes perfect sense.
BONUS PIC FOR PETER - I've decided that I'm only going to post pictures of the current "judicial centers" that now serve as county courthouses if they contain something notable. I really liked the new Washington County Judicial Center, particularly this Lincoln statute. So there you go.