Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois
In 1844, Abraham and Mary Lincoln
purchased a one-and-a-half-story house and some
land from the Rev. Charles Dresser, who had
performed their marriage ceremony two years
earlier. They had a full second floor added in
1856 to accomodate their growing family. Three of
the the couple's four sons were born in the
house, and one (Edward) died here in 1850.
The Lincolns' home became a very popular place
after he was elected President in 1860. Before
moving to Washington in 1861 they rented out the
house, sold most of their furniture, and
entrusted the family dog to a neighbor.
Mary Lincoln refused to return to the house
after her husband's assassination in 1865. The
only surviving son, Robert Todd, donated it to
the State of Illinois in 1887 under the condition
that it would be forever maintained as a memorial
and open to the public free of charge. It was
designated a National Historic Landmark on
December 19, 1960; placed on the National
Register of Historic Places on October 16, 1966;
and designated the Lincoln Home National Historic
Site on August 18, 1971.
Restored to its 1860 appearance, the home sits
in the middle of a four-block area, much of which
has also been restored to the same era.
Abraham Lincoln Online http://www.abrahamlincolnonline.org/lincoln/sites/home.htm
Lincoln Home National Historic Site
Mary Todd Lincoln
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