Today my youngest son had a doctor’s appointment in Springfield and to my surprise we ended up taking a quick side visit to the Lincoln Home. This was my children’s first visit to the home and my oldest son thought it was pretty cool to see the house in which the 16th president lived. They had studied Lincoln for his 200th birthday towards the end of last school year in kindergarten no less.
I was surprised to see all the changes that had taken place since my last visit. Many of the homes near Lincoln’s have been transformed to their earlier glory. Some work is still in progress, but things look fantastic…even on a dreary October day like we had here in Illinois today. I was also a bit taken aback when the guide inside the house began to point out which furniture was actually original to the house and what was histoically accurate but did not actually belong to the Lincoln’s. In all the other times I have been through the house, the guides did not disclose which furniture was real or not…for whatever reason.
My stay was not as long as I wished, but then again I was not expecting to make the visit in the first place. The day was cool and cloudy and the kids were hungry after the doctor visit so we quick made a visit to the gift shop and headed out. It is never fun going to the doctors, but if we have a chance to see the Lincoln home on occasion, it makes the trip that much more bearable.