Our last "Prep-Day", we spent in Springfield, Illinois seeing many Lincoln sites. It was a day full of touring interesting places, eating great food, and touring an amazing home built by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1903! So here comes our full day! The church with the red door was built on the site of the church that Mary Todd Lincoln attended when in Springfield. We were lucky enough to be able to get a "tour" even though they usually don't start until June. We really wanted to see the Tiffany windows that are original to this red-door-church and the actual Lincoln family pew that is on display.
The Tiffany windows had been commissioned by various members of the church for their loved departed loved ones. Tiffany art was just becoming known and so these windows would not have cost the fortune they would today.
The window above the beautiful organ was stunning but the sun was "in the way" of a good picture.
The Lincoln family pew - still in pretty good shape.
After the church tour, we went to Lincoln's home. The name on the door says it all!
It was a lovely home and much larger inside than it looks.
This is their dining room. The tea set on the table looks alot like the Chelsea Lusterware of the 1790's that we have on display in Lucy Mack Smith's home in Nauvoo.
That is the original door and hand-rail that Mr. Lincoln would have walked through every day for about 17 years. The hand rail is the only thing you are allowed to touch in order to preserve the artifacts.
This bright wallpaper is the exact design the Lincolns had in their home. The one in the home today was made in Paris.
This was Abraham Lincoln's desk.
Mary slept in this room and the 2 younger children would have slept on a trundle stored under her bed.
Mary had come from a home where she did not do any of the cooking or cleaning. When she had a home of her own, she found that she enjoyed doing both!
We finally reached our main objective and went inside. We were impressed with the architecture and, once inside, the intricate design of the dome.
Then we were completely shocked when we walked into the Senate. Wow!!! Illinois tax dollars at work!
I wonder how many times a day someone looks up at "honest Abe" when things are in session?
But, the red velvet cake made the "mac and cheese mistake" all better. Yum!
This is the Old State Capitol. It is quite a grand building.
I'm not sure if the pillars looked like this origianlly but when the renovation of the building took place within the last 20 years, the whole thing was dismantled and reassembled. Quite an undertaking.
The various rooms were staged to looked like people (of the 1850's) had just left for lunch.
This is the Supreme Court of the 1840's. Joseph Smith actually was in this court room and the judge hearing his case was Steven Doulgas.
This beautiflly costumed woman is "Mrs. Jenkins" whose was a neighbor to the Lincoln's and whose husband, if I remember correctly, was the driver of Linclon's hearse to the cemetery following the return of his body to Springfield.
This is the waiting room to the Govenor's office and they have used an old drawing to recreate the exact furnishings. Quite facinating. The drawing is below.
This furiture was in the funeral train car that brought Lincoln's body back to Springfield for burial. His body lay in state for many to come and pay their last respects in the room shown below.
Everything in this room, except this very Washington picture, was removed for the viewing.
It was a very nice room, but not as large in person as this picture shows.
This is just to show that we were both there!
Various Lincoln statues are all around the city. Quite well done.
You can see the design in the windows here, but the colors don't show up. Every window and interior door had this kind of glass.
The home was 13,000 square feet complete with a bowling alley in the basement! After this tour, we had 20 minutes to get over to the Lincoln Memorial before it closed.
It might not look like much here, but it really is an impressive monument. We went inside that door in the front to his tomb.
Tradition says you rub Lincoln's nose for good luck.
And who are we to argue with tradition!
They even had free samples!
Well, that's the end of this lengthy narration of our day in Springfield, Illinois. Almost took as long to type it up as it did to experience it!!! Hope you enjoyed it!