Tour Walks Guests Through 19th Century Mourning

The Mary Todd Lincoln House will commemorate the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination with a special evening tour entitled Death, Mourning, and Mrs. Lincoln. The tour will be offered at 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on both the date Lincoln was shot (April 14th) and the date of his death (April 15th).

Mrs. Lincoln suffered more loss than many women of her time. In this special tour, visitors will explore how the first lady’s experiences reflected the ways in which 19th century Americans coped with death. This program will feature artifacts and other historical sources that illustrate evolving funerary and mourning customs and unorthodox practices such as spiritualism.

Death, Mourning, and Mrs. Lincoln is a part of the museum’s evening tour series. While the standard tour covers Mary Lincoln’s entire biography, evening tours take a closer look at special topics related to Mrs. Lincoln and her life. Other evening tours have included Mrs. Lincoln’s Favorite Things, Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckley and Mrs. Lincoln’s Civil War.

Reservations required. Admission is $15 for individuals, $13 per person with a group of four or more, and $10 per person for members and their guests. Not recommended for children. The Mary Todd Lincoln House is located at 578 West Main Street in downtown Lexington. Free parking is directly behind the house. Call Gwen at (859) 233-9999 for reservations or visit for further information.

The Mary Todd Lincoln House is the girlhood home of Mrs. Lincoln. She brought her husband and children to visit the Todd family here in 1847. The first historic site restored to honor a first lady, the museum is operated by Kentucky Mansions Preservation Foundation, a private non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and promoting historic properties.

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