Sunday, October 16, 2011

Lincoln's Only House

"By May 1844, Abraham and Mary Lincoln needed more living space for their growing family and decided to buy a house," the National Park Service's Lincoln Home leaflet says. "They selected a Greek Revival-style cottage at the corner of Eighth and Jackson streets owned by Rev. Charles Dresser, who had married the Lincolns in 1842. Lincoln paid $1,500 for the home that the family would occupy for the next 17 years."

This is the house in our time.

The house and the entire neighborhood surrounding it are now part of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, Illinois.

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