First, we headed for our scheduled 10:00 AM tour of President Lincoln's Cottage. I had previously purchased our docent-led tour tickets online ($15.00 per person) as advised by the information on the website for the cottage. As it turns out, we were the only folks there for the tour that day and had the docent and her insights all to ourselves. Kinda nice.
What makes the Cottage so historic is that Lincoln developed his Emancipation Proclamation and led the Union through the Civil War while in residence there. Historians theorize that since it was a bit quieter there, and away from the city hubbub, he had more chance there to think clearly and concisely express those thoughts onto paper.
|Statue and hubby outside Lincoln's Cottage|
A small gallery in the nearby Visitors' Center contained personal items of the immediate Lincoln family. I enjoyed seeing an actual pair of tapestry type bedroom slippers there that Abe wore sometimes in the Cottage, and often while greeting guests. We learned that people from town would come to his door, to voice their thoughts on current issues or gripe about their discontents. (Keep in mind, this was in an era before Secret Service.) These guests would wait their turn and then be brought up into Abe's living chambers to have their few moments with him, in his slippers.
In the early afternoon, we made our way into the city proper to see the Ford Theatre. We saved ourselves a long wait in line, because we had ordered our scheduled entrance tickets in advance. (Admission is free; advance tickets have a $2.50 per person convenience fee.)
|Ford's Theatre exterior|
|In the Ford's Theatre museum|
Next we went upstairs into the theatre itself. Of course, my first instinct was to look toward the seating box where Abraham Lincoln was shot on that fateful night, and there it was, decorated just as it was the night he came to sit in that box.
It's not a huge theatre. Even so, being there felt a bit surreal to me, knowing Lincoln had been there and was shot there. Here are some other views in the theatre.
|The stage is ready for the evening performance.|
|Looking toward the back|