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Springfield in Sangamon County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Daily Life in 1860

 
 
Daily Life in 1860 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 16, 2011
1. Daily Life in 1860 Marker
Inscription. These green lawns and groomed streets were once far noisier, messier, and smellier than they are today. many residents of Springfield kept horses, cows, and chickens on their property. They also tended gardens, washed laundry, hauled water, and chopped wood.

Maintaining a household was a full-time job for at least one woman. Many families with an income like the Lincoln's would have had paid servants.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lincoln Home National Historic Site marker series.
 
Location. 39° 47.853′ N, 89° 38.735′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Illinois, in Sangamon County. Marker is on 8th Street just north of Jackson Street. Touch for map. 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. What Did Abraham Lincoln Eat? (here, next to this marker); Harriett Dean House (within shouting distance of this marker); Henson Lyon House (within shouting distance of this marker); William Beedle House (within shouting distance of this marker); Lincoln's Home Becomes a Shrine (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Corneau House

Think About These Daily Chores image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 16, 2011
2. Think About These Daily Chores
What chores do you do and how are they different from chores during the Lincolns' time?
hauling water
cleaning carpet
splitting wood
hand washing laundry
tending livestock
(within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Arnold House (within shouting distance of this marker); Julia Sprigg House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 20, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 574 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 20, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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