Mary Todd Lincoln House, Lexington

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The Mary Todd Lincoln House is the girlhood home of the the future first lady and wife of the 16th president Abaham Lincoln. The Lincolns visited her family her after their marriage.

Opened in 1977, The museum is the first historic site to tell the story of a first lady. Sophisticated and well educated, Mary Todd Lincoln’s success in the White House seemed assured. Yet few women have endured as much controversy and tragedy. Visit her family home to learn more at this fascinating woman!

Located in downtown Lexington, a free parking lot is behind the house. Open seasonally March 15th -Nov 30th. Holiday schedule varies. Open Mon.-Sat. (closed Sun.) Guided tours are on the hour, 10AM–3PM (closes 4PM) $12 adults; $5 children ages 6–12.
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  • So the house is in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city and to be honest we drove past it without realizing what it was. When we returned we found it and were absolutely happy we did! We di...  more »
  • I enjoyed a very entertaining, educational guided tour today (Wednesday, November 8, 2017) of this house that Mary Todd Lincoln lived in for about seven or eight years before moving away. The tour gui...  more »
  • I had just read a book about Mary Todd Lincoln before going into the house, so I was up on my history walking in. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and answered all of my questions. It was quite a...  more »
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  • Our tour guide, Katherine, was super knowledgeable. She answered any questions, and we never felt rushed. The restored house is stunning. It's sad that it was ever left to crumble the way it was before restoration. Full disclosure: (and they don't hide this fact) Mary Todd didn't live here long, and much of the site is a representation of how it was. However, they have collected as many authentic pieces as they could, and that they have restored it so nicely! And they do a fabulous job in telling Mary's story so that you truly empathize for her.
  • I want to thank Jill for an excellent tour!!! The lady in charge of ticket purchases was also very friendly. The tour was extremely informative and boy did I learn quite a bit about Mary Todd Lincoln.
  • The gentleman who did the tour was very knowledgeable and friendly. The House was much more interesting than I thought it would be. Lots of nice pieces inside and the history really comes alive.
  • Excellent tour, very informative. I have been there twice and they keep getting authentic items from family members, etc. Definitely worth visiting and this helps to keep the house open and in good repair.
  • Great house tour and only tour in the country for a First Lady. The house is very nice inside with lots of time period pieces. Only a few pieces are original to the Todd family or the Lincoln family. It was interesting to see what the rooms looked like originally before restoration. However, I felt like there was so much more that could be done or said about Mary. The tour just seemed to gloss over her life.

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