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Living History: The Lincoln Cottage and the Gettysburg Address

150 years ago today, Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  It's probably his most famous speech, and I'm guessing that I wasn't the only child to have to commit the speech to memory in order to get out of the sixth grade.  

And he wrote this speech about a mile from where I live, at the old Lincoln Cottage, which served as the summer White House during his administration - it got really hot and muggy and disgusting in downtown Washington during the summer, and many of the citizenry headed out of town to avoid contracting malaria.  

This cottage has been restored and there is an adjacent museum.  It is on the grounds of the old Soldier's Home (now the Armed Forces Retirement Home)   

The museum is a little off the beaten track, and it's easiest to visit it by car.  Click here for information on how to get there, getting tickets and when it's open.  

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Comment balloon 9 commentsPatricia Kennedy • November 19 2013 08:00PM
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