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Mary Todd Lincoln House

  • Address 578 West Main St.
    Lexington, Kentucky 40507
  • Hours
    Monday–Saturday
    10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
  • Phone 859-233-9999

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The Mary Todd Lincoln House in Lexington, Kentucky, explores the life and times of America's most fascinating first lady through tours and public programs. Mary Todd Lincoln was sophisticated, educated, and well-versed in politics. On the surface, her success in the White House seemed assured. Yet few women in American history endured as much controversy and tragedy as Mary Lincoln. Visit her childhood home to discover her full story.

Located in the heart of downtown Lexington, the Federal-style house was constructed by 1806 and is one of the oldest structures in the city. Prior to restoration in the 1970s, the property was only a shadow of the grand home where Mary Lincoln brought her husband, future president Abraham Lincoln, for a long visit in 1847. The childhood home opened as a museum in 1977, becoming the first historic site dedicated to a first lady.

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