“…To this place, and the kindness of these people, I owe everything….”
Hope you all that celebrate Easter, had a great one! I visited family in Springfield, Illinois and it was such a nice trip!
I ended up driving up to my families house Saturday morning so that my Dad and I could go visit some of the Abraham Lincoln sites in Springfield. It was the perfect day for it! Finally some real spring weather, and I enjoyed every moment!
Our first stop was the Lincoln Home National Historic Site.
This was the home Abraham Lincoln lived in with his new wife, Mary Todd (1844), while working hard at his career as a self taught attorney. He and Mary had four children in this home, one of which actually died in this home. The Lincoln family lived here until President Lincoln was voted in (1860) as our 16th President of the United States.
Each room has its own history. The tour guides paint a very vivid picture for you of what life was like for Abe and his family. I give the guides a 10! For instance, the Parlor, where the Lincolns entertained their guests as well as the room where a committee formally notified Lincoln of his nomination.
I really enjoy some good history every now and then, and here I hit the jackpot. The entire street is really a site to see. It takes you back in time, reminds us of all the incredible things Abraham Lincoln did for our country!
The best part about this pit stop… The tour is free, and it was National Parks Day so the normal $2 parking fee was waived. Lucky us!
After this stop, we decided to drive over to the Oak Ridge Cemetery to see the grave site(s) of Abraham Lincoln and most of his family… Wondering why I put an ‘s’ at the end of site?… Did you know there are actually multiple grave sites?
As you may know, Abe was assassinated in April of 1865. Because his death was sudden they did not have a proper burial site for him. So he was buried in a temporary tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery. In 1876 thieves were caught literally stealing Abraham Lincoln’s body from this temporary tomb. The thieves got away and were caught in Chicago 10 days later. Can you imagine!?
Up until his final burial [directly behind the smaller temporary grave site] in 1901, his body was moved 17 times and the casket opened 5 times. His family wanted him to finally be at rest so they decided to bury his casket ten feet below the floor of the tomb, then surround it in concrete.
This tomb is the final resting place for not only President Lincoln, but his wife, Mary and three of their four sons.
I was in awe when walking through this tomb. First of all, it is ginormous!! But, it is sculpted granite, marble and bronze all throughout the tomb, with sculptures of Abraham throughout his life, on each corner of the tomb. It was incredible!
I have seen a few things, tomb of the unknown soldier being one of them, but this tomb was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen.
If you are in Springfield, Illinois and have a couple hours, go see Lincoln’s home and his burial sites. It will be a history filled day of fun!
Oh, and don’t forget to rub Abe’s nose for good luck! I did!
Until next Monday,
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