My Childhood Home
"My Childhood's Home"
"In the fall of 1844,…I went into the neighborhood in that state in which I was raised, where my mother and only sister were buried, and from which I had been absent about fifteen years. That part of the country is, within itself, as unpoetical as any spot of the earth; but still, seeing it and its objects and inhabitants aroused feelings in me which were certainly poetry; though whether my expression of those feelings is poetry is quite another question." Abraham Lincoln
My childhood's home I see again,
O Memory! Thou midway world
And, freed from all that's earthly vile,
As dusky mountains please the eye
As leaving some grand waterfall,
Near twenty years have passed away
Where many were, but few remain
The friends I left that parting day,
I hear the loved survivors tell
I range the fields with pensive tread,
Did You Know?
An early proposal for the memorial building, by Thomas Hibben, who had designed the bronze cabin site memorial, included a structure with four square courts totaling 200 square feet surrounding a 150 foot tall tower housing a large pipe organ.