Bushman Reunion Day #5 Lincoln’s Springfield Home

Our last reunion stop today was in Springfield at the home of Abraham Lincoln.  This site includes not only the family home, but the entire street of homes, so it was like walking back into the neighborhood of his day.  The Lincolns lived here from 1844 to 1861.

We had appointments for guided tours, so as we waited there was some time to wander.

Here’s a link to the website about this historical site:  https://www.nps.gov/liho/index.htm

And here is an excellent 25 minute video about Lincoln.  Watch it if you have time!

There are some videos here with tours of each of the rooms in his home.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGYWETpnJkTYQB_y_pUHvPg

The home has been beautifully preserved and most of the things in it are original to the Lincoln family.  I absolutely LOVE being where they were, seeing what they saw.  That goes for anyone from years past.  It always moves me.

This front parlor was recreated from the newspaper picture made when the Lincolns lived here.  The carpet and wallpaper are recreated to match, but much of the furniture is original.

On the table at the left is a stereoscope.   It was an early edition of the ViewMaster, probably the most popular game device of its day.  They were expensive at the time, a real luxury for the children.

There are some videos here with tours of each of the rooms in his home.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGYWETpnJkTYQB_y_pUHvPg

In the neighborhood:

Some of the books featured at the gift shop.  (Further reading!)

The end of the reunion has come.  Our next stop was the place where it all began–the St. Louis airport.  Part of our group returned to Nauvoo, and the rest of us said our goodbyes here.  We were greeted by our son, Adam here this evening.  The bonus for our trip would be another day with the grandkids!

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