Join us for special programs and events throughout the year.  Annual events include the Presidents Day Family Event in February, an annual dinner and entertainment in the Fall, Mary's Birthday celebration in December, and walking tours in the Spring and/or Fall.  Check back regularly for upcoming events at the Mary Todd Lincoln House.  For further information on any event, please call Gwen at 859-233-9999.

 

"Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckley" Evening Tour

Thursday, April 24, 2014

5PM, 6PM, 7PM (Reservations required.)

$15 individuals, $13 group rate (4+); $10 members

The museum will offer an evening tour entitled Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckley on Thursday, April 24th. The guided tour explores the relationship between Mary Lincoln and her African American seamstress Elizabeth Keckley. The tour compares the lives of the two women and also uses Keckly’s life to discuss the experiences of slaves in the Todd household. 

Although both women were born in 1818, Mary Lincoln was born into an affluent slaveholding family, while Elizabeth Keckley was born into

slavery. After purchasing her freedom, Mrs. Keckley became a very successful dressmakers in Washington, D.C. The first lady hired Mrs. Keckley shortly after Lincoln’s inauguration in 1861, and the two developed a relationship that has intrigued biographers and inspired the novel, Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker.  The above illustration of Elizabeth Keckley was published in her 1868 memoir Behind the scenes, or, Thirty years a slave and four years in the White House.

Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckely is a part of the museum’s evening tour series. While the museum's standard tour covers Mrs. Lincoln's entire biography, evening tours take a closer look at special topics. “Our goal with the evening tours is to serve our local community,” says director Gwen Thompson.  “We want to continue to offer them new, high quality, and personal experiences.” Other evening tours have included Mrs. Lincoln’s Civil War, Mrs. Lincoln’s Favorite Things, and Death, Mourning, and Mrs. Lincoln

Reservations required. Light refreshments following. Admission $15 for individuals, $13 per person with a group of four or more, and $10 per person for members and their guests. Recommended for ages 12 and up. The Mary Todd Lincoln House is located at 578 West Main Street in downtown Lexington with free parking directly behind the house. Call Gwen at 859-233-9999 for reservations.

 

VISIT

March 15 - Nov. 30

Mon. - Sat. (closed Sun.)

Tours 10AM - 3PM

Museum closes at 4PM

ABOUT THE HOUSE

This two-story brick, late Georgian house with its stone water table and belt course was built in 1803-1806 as an inn by William Palmateer.

KMPF

KMPF was founded in 1968 for the preservation, restoration and maintenance of Kentucky’s historic properties.

MAPS AND DIRECTIONS

How to locate the Mary Todd Lincoln house in Lexington, Kentucky from the surrounding interstates.