Happy Birthday Sue !!
We hustled into town early to get to the Lincoln Home Visitor Center soon after it opened. Tours of the home are given first come, first served. We were in the first tour, barely.
This is the only home that Lincoln ever owned. The Lincolns lived here for twenty five years up until they went to Washington D.C. The house sits in the middle of a four square block area that has been restored and maintained to be exactly as it was when Lincoln lived here. So much nicer than imagining how a current day antique store or gift shop might have looked 150 years ago.
The house is furnished and decorated as it was in Lincolns time and the majority of the items in the house were those used by the Lincolns. Obviously nothing could be touched but we could touch the hand rail going up and down stairs. Same one Lincoln touched :).
'Family' Room. Sitting room where family hung out rather than in formal Living Room. All pieces original.
Abe Lincoln's wardrobe and dresser, both original.
Most photographed view of Lincolns home
First Presbyterian Church. Located two blocks from Lincoln Home. Contains pew where Lincoln family sat. Church closed today so no inside pictures.
After leaving the home complex we visited the Lincoln Tomb.
Hallway inside tomb leading to crypt. Lighting was not this bright. Brightness is due to ISO feature of camera but does make picture easier to see.
Actual crypt is ten feedt below and several feet behind the stone. Crypts of Mary Lincoln and three of four Lincoln sons are behind camera position.
We left Springfield about 11:30 and ended up in Mulberry Grove, MO. Nice spot. Kinda like Mayberry only smaller :) . And no Aunt Bea.
The RV campground we stayed in was something we have not experienced before. Almost every RV park has some long term (permanent :) ) residents. They have flowers and picket fences and patio lights and other homey things. This campground was almost all that but everyone leaves by November. There were lots of trees, many camping loops, some on hill sides, some in little creek bottoms, some on grassy flats. Each area was kind of a small neighborhood. Several playgrounds. Fishing pond. Pool. Community pavilion. Every one had a golf cart. There were kids everywhere, many of them scooting around on carts. Lots of people interaction with friends and neighbors. Every site had a fire ring and many sites had a cord of wood ort more. The only use for the wood was for campfires since everyone was in a RV ov some sort. It was like a summer camp for RVs. People come and stay for the summer or bring their RV, park it and come on weekends to stay. The RVs are parked like permanent residents though. Decks, wooden stairs, BBQs, patio furniture, plants, decorative lighting, semi-permanent sewer hook ups, etc. By November they just hook up the RV and take it home leaving all that stuff behind for next year. Very different but nice to see.