When strolling through the historic neighborhood surrounding Abraham Lincoln's home, visitors will often observe Eastern Cottontails (Sylvilagus floridanus), Fox Squirrels (Sciurus niger), and Eastern Chipmunks (Tamias striatus). Occasional sightings have included White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) and Virginia Oppossum (Didelphis virginiana). Several species of mice inhabit the park today and become occasional visitors inside the homes. The remains of three mice were found in the kitchen wall of the Lincoln Home during the 1987 restoration project.
Did You Know?
Abraham Lincoln is the only president to hold a patent. His patent was for a system of chambers designed to refloat boats that had run aground. He received Patent No. 6469 on May 22, 1849. Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Illinois