1837 was the big year for Abraham Lincoln. He would make the move
to Springfield. He did not live in the Lincoln Home until 1844.
Abraham was known to live in rental apartments, rooms and a variety
of places, but all this would change Nov. 4, 1842. He had met a
young woman by the name of Mary Todd. They would marry on that
date. A new home would be needed for the "socialite" Mary Todd
Lincoln. Temporarily they resided at the Globe Tavern.
The only home Abraham Lincoln would ever "own" was
located at 8th and Jackson Streets in Springfield. Mary and Abraham
purchased it in 1844 for $1,500. Robert Todd, their first son, was
not even a year old. The home only had one story in the beginning,
and a second story would be added in 1856. The Home is a National
Memorial now, with the whole block preserved much as it was in
Lincoln's time. A visitor's center with a movie of Lincoln at
Springfield is popular to begin your visit.