“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Springfield in Sangamon County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Globe Tavern

Globe Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 16, 2011
1. Globe Tavern Marker
The Globe Tavern as it appeared in May 1865 at the time of Lincoln's funeral. the Lincolns lived here from November 1842 until the winter or early spring of 1844. At that time the tavern consisted of two buildings joined as a "T," with the older portion extending out behind the newer addition (in which the Lincolns lived) which fronted Adams Street. Whig politicians tended to patronize the Globe, especially when the state legislature was in session. Proprietorship changed hands several times. Cyrus G. Saunders ran the establishment when the Lincolns moved in. Below is a poem he published as an advertisement in the local newspaper, the Sangamon Journal. In 1842 a widow, Mrs. Sarah Beck, took over the management.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln spent their wedding night at the Globe Tavern, and lived here for the first 12 to 14 months of their marriage. It was not the fanciest hotel in Springfield, but Abraham considered it "very well kept." Their room---8 by 14 feet long---was the same one that Mary's sister Francis had occupied for three years as a young bride. Meals were shared with other boarders at a common dining table. The $8.00 monthly rent also included laundry service. Here their first child, Robert was born. The situation was not ideal for a young mother and baby. Quarters were close. The mostly male guests could be noisy. And the tavern was a stage line office, so every time a coach arrived a bell would ring calling stable boys to come care for the horses. undoubtedly it was difficult to calm a fussy baby into slumber or to keep a sleeping baby from awaking. Guests reportedly complained about Robert's crying. This may have been a reason why the Lincolns moved and rented a nearby cottage in early 1844. When Lincoln's friends David Davis and his wife lodged here later that year. Mrs. Davis complained that the proprietors scrimped on candles and used too much baking soda in their cakes, turning them "quite yellow."

It was not uncommon in the early 19th century for newlyweds to start married life in a boarding house out of economic necessity, even though the evolving customs of polite society discouraged it. Social reformers feared that such circumstances prevented young wives from learning household duties, and that they would become idle and indolent, or even lose their virtue in the predominantly masculine environment. the daughter of a political enemy later claimed that her mother attended to Mary and her baby daily in the month after Robert was born, and that she, at six years of age, was permitted to tend Robert--on occasion dragging him through a hole in the tavern yard fence to lay him down in the tall prairie grass. How, she later wondered could Mary have trusted "a particularly small six year old with this charge?"
Marker series. This marker is included in the Looking for Lincoln marker series.
Location. 39° 48.044′ N, 89° 39.079′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Illinois, in Sangamon County. Marker is on E. Adams Street. Click for map. Between 3rd and 4th Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Springfield IL 62701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Illinois State Register (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Campaign Poles (about 400 feet away); Brunwick's Billiard Hall (about 500 feet away); Joshua Speed's Store (about 500 feet away); Mary Lincoln's Ring (about 500 feet away); Lincoln's Hat (about 500 feet away); Lincoln's Last Law Office (about 600 feet away); Streetscape 1859 (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Springfield.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 593 times since then and 91 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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