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Mary Todd Lincoln House

Mary Todd Lincoln House
Mary Todd Lincoln House is located in Kentucky
Mary Todd Lincoln House
Location Lexington, Kentucky
Coordinates
Built 1832
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Georgian
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 71000341[1]
Added to NRHP August 12, 1971

Mary Todd Lincoln House at 578 West Main Street in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, was the family home of Mary Todd, the future first lady and wife of the 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. The house was built c. 1803-1806 as an inn and tavern, which was called "The Sign of the Green Tree" before its purchase by the Todd family. The family moved in to the three-story home in 1832. Mary Todd lived in this home until 1839, when she moved to Springfield, Illinois. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln visited her family here.

Today the fourteen-room house contains period furniture, portraits, and artifacts from the Todd and Lincoln families.

Contents

  • Historic status 1
  • Museum 2
  • Unusual history 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Historic status

The Mary Todd Lincoln house has the distinction of being the first historic site restored in honor of a First Lady.[2] Operated by the Kentucky Mansions Preservation Foundation, Inc., the house museum was opened to the public on June 9, 1977.

Museum

In the mid-1970s, Beula C. Nunn, wife of Governor Louie B. Nunn, along with the Kentucky Mansions Preservation Foundation, Inc., and the Metropolitan Women's Club of Lexington, gained support to preserve and restore the Mary Todd Lincoln House. In June 1996, the Beula C. Nunn Garden at the Mary Todd Lincoln House was dedicated and opened to the public. Today the enclosed gardens contain trees, plants, herbs and shrubs that represent what may have been in the gardens at the Todd home in the early nineteenth century.

The property is open to the public as a historic house museum.[3]

Unusual history

Belle Brezing was a working girl in a bawdy house, run by Jenny Hill, located in this building starting in 1879.[4] Later she became a madam in her own right, with her own brothel. Brezing is widely credited as having inspired Margaret Mitchell's character of Belle Watling in her novel, Gone With The Wind (1936).[5]

See also

References

  1. ^
  2. ^ National Park Service - Mary Todd Lincoln House
  3. ^
  4. ^ Belle Brezing - retrieved 20, June, 2008
  5. ^ - 9, April, 2008 - retrieved 20, June, 2008Lexington Herald Leader

External links

  • Official website
  • National Park Service Page on the House
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