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Mary Todd Lincoln House

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Address: 578 West Main St, Lexington, KY 40588
Phone Number: +1 859-233-9999
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Description: The wife of President Abraham Lincoln grew up in this house, which today...
The wife of President Abraham Lincoln grew up in this house, which today contains many pieces of her personal possessions. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln visited her family here. Today the fourteen room house contains period furniture, portraits, and furnishings from the Todd and Lincoln families. The property is located in downtown Lexington and has a free parking lot directly behind the house. Convenient walking distance to local hotels and restaurants.Open seasonally March 15th -Nov 30th. Holiday schedule varies. Open Mon.-Sat. (closed Sun.)Guided tours on the hour, 10AM-3PM (closes 4PM)$10 adults; $5 children ages 6-12.
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Unique view of First Lady

We're from IL so we've read a lot about Mary Todd Lincoln. This was the first place where we learned about her upbringing. It was interesting to hear about her life before she... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We're from IL so we've read a lot about Mary Todd Lincoln. This was the first place where we learned about her upbringing. It was interesting to hear about her life before she married President Lincoln.

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Washington State
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56 reviews 56 reviews
17 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

The tour guide was well informed and brought Mary Todd Lincoln to life for us. The home has many rooms and was furnished with period pieces. A pleasant visit.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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58 reviews 58 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I never mind payîng to do historic tours and definitely $10 was so worth it. You can tell the docent loves his job. He was very knowledgeable and took pride in the house. He was very appreciative of items they had recently received from Lincoln's last surviving relative. I was very surprised and thrilled they allowed photography (no flash for... More 

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baltimore, maryland
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Visited on a Tuesday midday. From the moment you walk in the front door, the docents are there to greet you warmly, setting the stage for the whole tour. My friend and I drew the proverbial jackpot - we had the director of the museum, Gwen, as our tour guide. She was fantastic - giving a wealth of information on... More 

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Billings, MT
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53 reviews 53 reviews
8 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

Mary was a busybody and fortunately some if her social climbing rubbed off on hubby. Nobody has ever accused Mr L of being a busybody but I will. This house with a steep staircase railing that Abe used every day for years is still in use by the thousands of tourists that tromp through every year. Lincoln had three slaves... More 

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MTLHouse, Manager at Mary Todd Lincoln House, responded to this review

Thank you for your four-star review! To clarify for readers, this property was the girlhood home of Mrs. Lincoln. While President Lincoln visited here, he did not live here. Enslaved persons lived and worked at this home, but they belonged to the Todd family not to Abraham Lincoln. And the property left the family prior to the Civil War. More 

Elgin, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

This was an excellent stop. It was very interesting and informative. The guided tour was great. The staff was very knowledgeable and made an effort to showcase all the details about the home and the family. We left their with a lot of knowledge.

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Titusville, Florida
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106 reviews 106 reviews
19 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

The home offers a very well guided tour loaded with information about Mary and her family. The house and furnishings are just beautiful. We went in March so the gardens were not up yet. The gift store has so many great books about her it's hard to choose. My Grandaughter that is 9 enjoyed as much as we did. It... More 

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Campton, KY
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Beautiful and historic home. Great tour of home with much originality. Great guide and only takes about 45 minutes. On west main street.

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WI
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50 reviews 50 reviews
24 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This home located in town takes you back in time the minute you walk in the door. It is furnished wonderfully. We learned much about Mary Todd Lincoln we never knew before. She was a great first lady. We would recommend this historic home to anyone visiting the area. It's a must see.

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Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

My wife has studied the Civil War extensively, and enjoys researching all things related to the topic. This visit was for her, and I didn't have high expectations for my own enjoyment. I was wrong! I learned a great deal about not only this region, and a couple significant players in history, but about the politics of the time, and... More 

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