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Mary Todd Lincoln House

  • Constructed: 1803-06
  • Location: Lexington , KY

Originally built to be an inn, the house was bought by politician and businessman Robert S. Todd in 1832. In December 1818, his daughter Mary Todd was born here and would remain until 1839. She would later return in the fall of 1847 to visit with her husband, Abraham Lincoln. Two years later, Robert S. Todd died from cholera and, due to a discrepancy in the will, the house and its contents were sold at auction. The inventory of the auction later enabled some of the family's original artifacts to be returned to the house. In 1977, the house was opened to the public and became the first house museum in America dedicated to a First Lady.

Mary Todd Lincoln House in Lexington, Kentucky.

photo by: Andy Perkins, Flickr

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