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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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An Essential Aspect of American History

Students of history know that it's unlikely Abraham Lincoln would have had the political career he did without the shared ambition & savvy of his wife, the former Mary Todd. It... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Students of history know that it's unlikely Abraham Lincoln would have had the political career he did without the shared ambition & savvy of his wife, the former Mary Todd. It was here in this house that she spent much of her young life. Restored beginning in 1976, visitors will walk the same stairs as young Mary & eventually her... More 

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Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

You pay $10 for a tour that may be worth $5. Mary only lived here for a total of about 7 years, most of which she was away at boarding school. Very little in the house is original to Mary Todd. The guide had such a distinct bias against Abraham Lincoln that I should have corrected her. At the very... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed with our museum. Your impression that the guide was “against” Abraham Lincoln is puzzling. Although our tour focuses on Mrs. Lincoln’s experiences, we are proud to be a Lincoln heritage site. More 

Montclair, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Nice tour, but overpriced. It's a small house and the tour is really only 45 mins. long. It is not a tour for anyone under 18 - all the kids on the tour were bored to tears and were sitting on the floor as there was a lot of standing in small spaces.

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Central City, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The tour is very interesting and the staff are very knowledgeable and loaded with fun facts! The home is full of history!

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New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

John was an excellent tour guide throughout the house. A very clear and concise presentation of not only the history of the house, but the family and personal items in the home. The tour lasted an hour, but didn't seem that long. It does, however, coincidentally end up in a small gift shop (former kitchen) of the home. Parking is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The Very First Lady to be honored! Call or book your one hour docent tour on site for $10.00. This is a very informative tour that gets better if you ask questions. Some original and many time appropriate unique furniture pieces. I liked the fireplace humidifier, chocolate teapot, the unique beds, and family portraits. I left with a better understanding... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Wonderfully restored house. Excellent excellent guide. Very informative. Learned a lot about the Lincoln and Todd families.

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Coralville, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

The staff were knowledgable, and friendly. The value to me was how the guide (a young woman majoring in history and PR) connected every object with the history, not just of Mary Todd and her family, but the Civil War and the 1800s generally. I also purchased excellent books to continue learning for myself and my children.

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Sterling Heights, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I just cannot say how much we LOVED this place. From the house, to the history, to the tour guide, it was such a beautifully kept house rich with such important history. It was especially amazing to think we were able to touch the same banister Abraham Lincoln did when he stayed at the Todd home, gave me chills! We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

My curator Tom was wonderful I learned so much about the Todd's and Lincoln families. Terrific the house itself is a treasure but the great stories and history really made my visit well worth it

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