At Abraham Lincoln’s Springfield Home (including comments from Harry E. Pratt)

Abraham Lincoln's Springfield home

Abraham Lincoln’s Springfield home

B. Nash

B. Nash

 

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It’s always a treat to visit the Lincoln home. This is the only house that Mr. Lincoln ever owned. He loved it so…

Harry E. Pratt wrote about the Lincoln home in his book Lincoln’s Springfield:

 

“Lincoln, Mrs. Lincoln, and their infant son, Robert, moved into this house in the spring of 1844, and this was their home until they left for Washington in 1861. Here three sons were born, Edward, William, and Thomas; and here Edward died. The house was built in 1839 by the Rev. Charles Dresser, the Episcopal rector who married Mary Todd three years later. Dresser sold the property to Lincoln on May 2, 1844, for $1,500. The house was originally a story and a half in height, but in 1856 the full second story was added at a cost of $1,300, and the north front room on the second floor became Mr. Lincoln’s bedroom. The house is well constructed, with floors of oak, laths of hickory, and doors, frames and weather boarding of black walnut. The brick foundation for the fence was built in 1850. The lot was fifty feet wide and one hundred and fifty-two feet long, and also contained a wood house, privy and a carriage house. Mr. Lincoln cut his wood, milked his cow and took care of his house, as did most of the people in Springfield. Many social gatherings were held in the home. Typical of these was one in the autumn of 1857, which Mrs. Lincoln thus described to one of her sisters:

 

‘I may perhaps surprise you when I mention that I am recovering from a slight fatigue of a very large, and I really believe, a very handsome entertainment…About five hundred were invited, yet owing to an unlucky rain three hundred only favored us by their presence…’ “

 

I think Mr. Pratt’s narrative describes¬†the house and life enjoyed by the Lincoln family very well. He was an “Illinois author, Lincoln scholar, History professor, executive secretary of the Abraham Lincoln Association, Illinois state historian, and director of the Illinois State Historical Library.” (see alplm-cdi.com/chroniclingillinois/…/516).¬†He is buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery-not far from the tomb of Abraham Lincoln. See below:

 

The grave of Harry E. Pratt, Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield

The grave of Harry E. Pratt, Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield

 

 

 

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