|At a fun coffee shop across the street from the Lincoln|
Home National Historical Site in Springfield, IL.
Below is a photo of the house, that I took from the same vantage point as the black and white photo (taken in 1860) in which you see Abraham Lincoln and his son standing behind the wrought iron fence.
We stopped by the museum gift shop, which was full of books about Lincoln's life. Go here to read about two exceptional picture books I reviewed about Abraham Lincoln in a past blog post.
|Last beardless photo - August 13, 1860|
The President-Elect responded, "As to the whiskers, have never worn any. Do you not think people would call it a silly affection if I were to begin it now?"
|Photograph taken two days before|
he left Springfield en route to Washington, DC,
for his inauguration - February 9, 1861
In 1909, President Lincoln appeared on a one-cent coin and became the first American president to have his face appear on a regular-issue American coin.
Go here for more information, photos, and virtual tours of the Lincoln Home.
Travel Tip: Stop in for food, fun decor and art, and great coffee at Wm. Van's Coffee, right across the street from the Lincoln Home historical site.
If you're interested in visiting more Lincoln sites, there are quite a few places that you can visit, as outlined in the book In Lincoln's Footsteps: A Historical Guide to the Lincoln Sites in Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky.