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Abraham Lincoln's Springfield home remains humble, timeless

Abraham Lincoln's Springfield home remains humble, timeless

The friendly, informative and deadly serious National Park Service rangers who guide you through Abraham Lincoln's home will tell you that Mary Todd Lincoln loved to host parties for up to 500 people at the modest frame house on Eighth Street in Springfield. More than 150 years after the Lincolns moved to a much larger house in Washington, D.C., their Prairie State domicile is still welcoming a steady stream of guests. Families, tour groups and buffs of history are able to enter through the very door darkened by the 16th President when he was a not-so-simple country lawyer. Those of us who went there on our eighth-grade field trips in the late 1970s or as young parents in the...

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