Springfield in Sangamon County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
A Day With the Lincolns
The Lincolns lived a middle-class family lifestyle in nineteenth century Springfield. Abraham Lincoln spent long periods away from home on the Eighth Judicial Circuit. For Mary, that meant running a household on her own. On days when the whole family was at home, one could see movement from all windows of the house. Straight ahead is the kitchen window. Mary and the hired girl would have been cooking a delicious meal, maybe for Willie's ninth birthday party. Look up! Willie and Tad might have been running on the second-floor hallway.
It wasn't uncommon to see Abraham Lincoln smiling and telling stories while walking down the sidewalk with one of his sons on his shoulders or holding on to his coattails. A neighbor, who lived to the east of the Lincolns, commented that "Lincoln would take his children and would walk out on the rail way out in the country would talk to them-Explain things carefully particularly." Years later, Mary described her husband saying "It is my pleasure that my children are free, happy and unrestrained
Lower Right: This is the first known image of the Lincoln backyard, dated around 1865. National Park Service
Erected by Lincoln Home National Historic Site - National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. A significant historical year for this entry is 1865.
Location. 39° 47.84′ N, 89° 38.676′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Illinois, in Sangamon County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of South 8th Street and East Jackson Street. The marker is located in the backyard of the Lincoln Home. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 413 South 8th Street, Springfield IL 62701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charles Arnold House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Long Road to Washington (within shouting distance of this marker); A Place to Call Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Lincoln's Home Becomes a Shrine (within shouting distance of this marker); "My Hand will Never be Given where my Heart is Not." (within shouting distance of this marker); The People Lincoln Knew Harriett Dean House (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Corneau House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 9, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 9, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 117 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 9, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.