Lincoln Home Tours During Busy Season
Please be advised that tours of the Lincoln home fill rapidly during our busy summer season. We suggest that you visit the Lincoln Home National Historic Visitor Center early in the day for your best opportunity to receive a tour of the Lincoln home.
The Beedle House
The Beedle house was built around 1840-41. By 1860 the house was rented by William Beedle, a railroad fireman who occupied the house with one servant, Kate Tierney. The house is a wood frame 26'2"x49'6" 2 story Italianate style house with a hip roof, a 1 story front porch, and a 1 story rear porch. The front porch extends the full width of the facade, while the rear porch is smaller. The wood sash windows include both 1-over-1 and 2-over-2. The windows have drip caps and sills with aprons. The front door has a pedimented door surround with transom. Other architectural details include cornice dentils on the house and front porch, scroll brackets, and compound pilasters on the front porch.
Did You Know?
Lincoln issued the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, five days after the battle of Antietam. He visited the battlefield near Sharpsburg, Maryland on October 1-4, 1862. Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Illinois