Monthly Archives: June 2009

Springfield, Ill., trip: Part II — Lincoln’s Home

The first historic place we visited during our stay in Springfield, Ill., was the Lincoln Home National Historic Site. It’s pretty cool. The government purchased a couple blocks, and all the old houses are standing. You can go into a few of them and get a feel for what it was like in the mid-1800s.

We took the tour of the Lincoln home, of course. He lived there up until becoming president. Was interesting to see what kind of living conditions his family was subjected to. And also neat to see some of the actual items from the home.

Below are some of the pictures we took during the tour. It was a rainy morning, so we didn’t use the camera much outdoors.

First, here’s a recreation of the most famous photo of the Lincoln home (see the card Sarah is holding on the bottom left; I blurred the home intentionally, so you know!):


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And this is Lincoln’s actual desk (must have been tough to use at 6-foot-4, eh?):

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And this is the outhouse (there were three pots in here – probably some interesting sitting time with Abraham and his boys, don’t you think?):

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Springfield, Ill., trip: Part I — The B&B

Late last week, Sarah and I got our first extended Oliver-free break in quite some time. My parents came into town to watch the boy, and the wife and I headed to Springfield, Ill. (not to be confused with the hometown of my parents, the Springfield down I-44 in southwest Missouri). It was definitely the Land of Lincoln, as it was the hometown and is the current resting place of our 16th president.

We had a wonderful time, and I plan to write about what we did each day. For now, I’ll tell you about the place we stayed: The Rippon-Kinsella House Bed & Breakfast. Built in 1871, this bed and breakfast was full of charm … and antiques. Yes, proprietor Roger Schmitz is a former antique dealer (“I was terrible,” he told us, with a chuckle, the first morning while we ate breakfast. “I tried to keep the good stuff and sell the crap.”).

Despite the creaky bed, we had a blast there. The inside and outside of the home has so much to look at. Taking photos was a blast. Below are a few to give you a flavor of the place. First, the sign:

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Sarah, standing on the wraparound porch (built at least a decade after the building):

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Another shot of the porch, on which we tried to spend and afternoon reading but had to give up due to mosquitoes:

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The creaky bed:

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Our private bathroom:

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A cool ship from The Captain’s Room, in which we did not stay:

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There were old radios everywhere, including this one:

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