Sunday, September 16, 2007

The Historic Mary-Todd House

The Mary Todd House is located in downtown Lexington, Kentucky. The house is located adjacent to Rupp Arena. the 14 room two-story brick, late Georgian house was built c. 1803-1806 as an inn and was called "The Sign of the Green Tree" before it was purchased by the Todd family. Mr. Todd moved his family to this newly renovated house in 1832 when Mary was 14 years old.

Mary Todd left Lexington Kentucky to live with her sister in Illinois. There she married Abraham Lincoln. In 1847, while on their way to Washington, Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln brought their two young sons to visit Mary’s home place. During that visit Mr. Lincoln spent hours enjoying Robert Todd’s extensive library.The Mary Todd Lincoln house has the distinction of being the first historic site restored in honor of a First Lady. The house contains period furniture, family portraits and furnishings. A recently added enclosed garden contain trees, plants, herbs and shrubs.

The Mary Todd Lincoln House is located at 578 West Main St. It is open Monday-Saturday from March 15-November 30; guided tours are available from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., there is a fee for admission.

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